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From Griffin Poetry Prize winner Jordan Abel comes a groundbreaking, deeply personal, and devastating autobiographical meditation that attempts to address the complicated legacies of Canada's residential school system and contemporary Indigenous existence. As a Nisga'a writer, Jordan Abel often finds himself in a position where he is asked to explain his relationship to Nis From Griffin Poetry Prize winner Jordan Abel comes a groundbreaking, deeply personal, and devastating autobiographical meditation that attempts to address the complicated legacies of Canada's residential school system and contemporary Indigenous existence. As a Nisga'a writer, Jordan Abel often finds himself in a position where he is asked to explain his relationship to Nisga'a language, Nisga'a community, and Nisga'a cultural knowledge. However, as an intergenerational survivor of residential school--both of his grandparents attended the same residential school--his relationship to his own Indigenous identity is complicated to say the least. NISHGA explores those complications and is invested in understanding how the colonial violence originating at the Coqualeetza Indian Residential School impacted his grandparents' generation, then his father's generation, and ultimately his own. The project is rooted in a desire to illuminate the realities of intergenerational survivors of residential school, but sheds light on Indigenous experiences that may not seem to be immediately (or inherently) Indigenous. Drawing on autobiography and a series of interconnected documents (including pieces of memoir, transcriptions of talks, and photography), NISHGA is a book about confronting difficult truths and it is about how both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples engage with a history of colonial violence that is quite often rendered invisible.


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From Griffin Poetry Prize winner Jordan Abel comes a groundbreaking, deeply personal, and devastating autobiographical meditation that attempts to address the complicated legacies of Canada's residential school system and contemporary Indigenous existence. As a Nisga'a writer, Jordan Abel often finds himself in a position where he is asked to explain his relationship to Nis From Griffin Poetry Prize winner Jordan Abel comes a groundbreaking, deeply personal, and devastating autobiographical meditation that attempts to address the complicated legacies of Canada's residential school system and contemporary Indigenous existence. As a Nisga'a writer, Jordan Abel often finds himself in a position where he is asked to explain his relationship to Nisga'a language, Nisga'a community, and Nisga'a cultural knowledge. However, as an intergenerational survivor of residential school--both of his grandparents attended the same residential school--his relationship to his own Indigenous identity is complicated to say the least. NISHGA explores those complications and is invested in understanding how the colonial violence originating at the Coqualeetza Indian Residential School impacted his grandparents' generation, then his father's generation, and ultimately his own. The project is rooted in a desire to illuminate the realities of intergenerational survivors of residential school, but sheds light on Indigenous experiences that may not seem to be immediately (or inherently) Indigenous. Drawing on autobiography and a series of interconnected documents (including pieces of memoir, transcriptions of talks, and photography), NISHGA is a book about confronting difficult truths and it is about how both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples engage with a history of colonial violence that is quite often rendered invisible.

35 review for Nishga

  1. 4 out of 5

    df parizeau

    Teachers from high school through post-graduate studies, take note: this book belongs in the classroom. What does it mean to be dislocated? What does it mean to only have access to your personal and familial history through fragments and scraps--some of which you aren't even aware are connected to you in the moment? These are some of the questions that Jordan Abel confronts in NISHGA. While it's true that from the standpoint of commercially available biographies/mempirs, what Abel is doing here is Teachers from high school through post-graduate studies, take note: this book belongs in the classroom. What does it mean to be dislocated? What does it mean to only have access to your personal and familial history through fragments and scraps--some of which you aren't even aware are connected to you in the moment? These are some of the questions that Jordan Abel confronts in NISHGA. While it's true that from the standpoint of commercially available biographies/mempirs, what Abel is doing here is novel. However, I think that it is important to acknowledge that for many Indigenous folks, it is a reality that they cannot conceptualize their personal histories in a non-linear manner. This is an important book because it gives Indigenous and non-Indigenous people a concrete visual of what it is like to try to piece together a history, when a person and their people have been displaced and directly targeted by colonial genocide.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lyz

    A memoir that reads more like items found in an archival box. I really liked this unconventional format and am eager to see the finished copy (I read and advance version) in it's full glory. The transcription narratives and poetry convey the complicated emotions of the author in a unique way. More than storytelling, this book gives the reader more than just words to ponder. And you will ponder. There is a lot to chew on in this piece. Jordan Abel has bravely taken us with him through his journey A memoir that reads more like items found in an archival box. I really liked this unconventional format and am eager to see the finished copy (I read and advance version) in it's full glory. The transcription narratives and poetry convey the complicated emotions of the author in a unique way. More than storytelling, this book gives the reader more than just words to ponder. And you will ponder. There is a lot to chew on in this piece. Jordan Abel has bravely taken us with him through his journey of identity, history, belonging of place. The impact of this work stays with you.

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    Craig Paulson

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