Words Like Thunder
New and Used Anishinaabe Prayers
Made up of four sections, the book is like a piece of artwork. Parts of the word-canvas are quiet so the reader can rest and other parts lead the reader quickly from one place to another, while always maintaining eye contact. More than anything, Beardslee emphasizes the notion that indigenous peoples are competent and wonderful, worthy of praise, and whose modernity is a function of their survival. She writes unapologetically with a strong ethnic identity as a woman of color who witnessed and experienced community loss of resources that defined her culture. Her stories transcend generations, time, and geographical boundaries—varying in voice between first person or that of her elders or children—resulting in a collective appeal.
Beardslee continues to break the mold and push the boundaries of contemporary Native American poetry and prose. This book will appeal to a general readership, to people who want to learn more about indigenous peoples of the Great Lakes, and to people who care about the environment and socioeconomic equality. Even young readers, especially students of color, will find parts of this book to which they can relate.
About the Author
"With a text richly packed with facts, tales and voices we all need to know more about, Beardslee slices through categorizations and refreshes truth."—Naomi Shihab Nye, The New York Times Magazine
"Reflective, inspiring, thought-provoking, deftly written . . ."—Midwest Book Review
"Beardslee is back with artful prayers in the form of poignant story and poem. Like her own birch bark art, she has chiseled with tooth and nail a human experience in the U.S. that claims more than a moment in history. Words like Thunder defines Lois Beardlee's literary prowess indefinitely."—Sheila A. Rocha, Chair of Performing Arts at the Institute of American Indian Arts
"'Our literature is a thin film that wraps itself around us,' writes Beardslee. For all their fragility these story poems are cause for celebration. They paint a picture of contemporary Anishinaabe life as vivid as the wild berries she conjures for us."—Armand Garnet Ruffo, Author of Norval Morriseau: Man Changing into Thunderbird
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