In the end of 2012, adivaani was following the emergence of the Idle no more movement of the Aboriginal peoples in Canada comprising the First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples and their non-Aboriginal supporters in Canada. This in their own words is a peaceful revolution to honour Indigenous sovereignty and to protect the land and water.
It was during this interface that we came across Canadian indigenous scholar and writer Leanne Betasamosake Simpson.
We started reading her and were so inspired by her words, vision and storytelling of the indigenous imagery that we wanted our Adivasi brothers and sisters to share in the joy and hope we found in her writings. We believe sharing thoughts, experiences, ideas and stories between indigenous peoples is one way of building solidarity in a world where despite geographical barriers our lives are intertwined.
We went ahead and bought the rights to her insightful book Dancing on our turtle’s back and now have the Indian edition ready for you to read. Get our books at our dedicated bookstores, People Tree, Foreign Publishers and Earthcare Books (you can order it online from them here: http://www.earthcarebooks.com/).
We’ll have more to share on Leanne and her work soon. In the meantime here’s Leanne’s introduction to the Indian edition of Dancing on our turtle’s back especially for you.