Whitemud Walking

April 12, 2022|
Whitemud Walking by Matthew James Weigel
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An Indigenous resistance historiography, poetry that interrogates the colonial violence of the archive

Whitemud Walking is about the land Matthew Weigel was born on and the institutions that occupy that land. It is about the interrelatedness of his own story with that of the colonial history of Canada, which considers the numbered treaties of the North-West to be historical and completed events. But they are eternal agreements that entail complex reciprocity and obligations. The state and archival institutions work together to sequester documents and knowledge in ways that resonate violently in people's lives, including the dispossession and extinguishment of Indigenous title to land.

Using photos, documents, and recordings that are about or involve his ancestors, but are kept in archives, Weigel examines the consequences of this erasure and sequestration. Memories cling to documents and sometimes this palimpsest can be read, other times the margins must be centered to gain a fuller picture. Whitemud Walking is a genre-bending work of visual and lyric poetry, non-fiction prose, photography, and digital art and design.

Matthew James Weigel is a Dene and Metis poet and artist. He is the designer for Moon Jelly House press and his words and art have been published in Arc, The Polyglot, and The Mamawi Project . Matthew is a National Magazine Award finalist, a Cecile E. Mactaggart Award winner, and winner of the 2020 Vallum Chapbook Award. His chapboo...
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Title:Whitemud Walking
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:144 pages, 8.5 X 5.75 X 0.5 in
Shipping dimensions:144 pages, 8.5 X 5.75 X 0.5 in
Published:April 12, 2022
Publisher:Coach House Books
Language:English
ISBN - 13:9781552454411

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