Solidification is a video collaboration blending an immersive reading by Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg artist Leanne Betasamosake Simpson from her recently released novel, "Noopiming:The Cure for White Ladies" (House of Anansi Press) over a wintery soundscape of drone and vocal composed by her sister Ansley Simpson, brought to life with visuals from Sammy Chien of Chimerik似不像, an interdisciplinary collective of performance, art & technology. Check out the EP Noopiming Sessions, on Bandcamp.
Available in February 2021 in the United States from the University of Minnesota Press. Short Listed for the Governor’ General’s literary award for fiction.
In A Short History of the Blockade, award-winning writer Leanne Betasamosake Simpson uses Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg stories, storytelling aesthetics, and practices to explore the generative nature of Indigenous blockades through our relative, the beaver—or in Nishnaabemowin, Amik. Moving through genres, shifting through time, amikwag stories become a lens for the life-giving possibilities of dams and the world-building possibilities of blockades, deepening our understanding of Indigenous resistance, as both a negation and an affirmation. A Short History of the Blockade reveals how the practice of telling stories is also a culture of listening, “a thinking through together,” and ultimately, like the dam or the blockade, an affirmation of life.