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The Stone Collection

By Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm
Imprint: HighWater Press

Categories: Fiction, Indigenous & Aboriginal, Literary, Short Stories (single author), Own Voices
Paperback : 9781553795490, 150 pages, October 2015
Ebook (PDF) : 9781553798699, 150 pages, February 2019
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781553798705, 150 pages, February 2019
Ebook (Mobi) : 9781553798712, 150 pages, February 2019
Audiobook : 9781553799917, June 2021


In the Anishnaabe language and worldview, stones are alive, infused with life force or spirit. Although many of the stories are about loss, under that surface they are alive, celebrating the beauty and preciousness of life. —Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm

In these 14 unique stories, Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm takes on complex and dangerous emotions, exploring the gamut of modern Anishinaabe experience. Through unforgettable characters, these stories—about love and lust, suicide and survival, illness and wholeness—illuminate the strange workings of the human heart.


  • Nominated, Sarten's Women Book Award 2016


A dreamblur of raw desire, heartbreak, and heartache. …The Stone Collection is literary and soul perfection.

Richard Van Camp, Author, The Lesser Blessed

Generous, funny and dark, The Stone Collection doesn’t pull its emotional punches but it leavens its grim truths with bright humour and earthy lust. Akiwenzie-Damm’s writing shape-shifts and mesmerizes in short stories that tell us no matter how hard the journey, love can heal us all.

Eden Robinson, Author, Monkey Beach

The Stone Collection is a stunning house of story moving intimately through the harshness and graceful moments of Indigenous lives with humility and beauty. You will come out the other side of this book with a fuller heart.

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Author, Islands of Decolonial Love

[Akiwenzie-Damm's] luminescent prose in this book dances "like jingle dress dancers," and is somehow still compressed to shining perfection

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

A Story Circle Network Finalist for the Sarton Women’s Book Award for Young Adult Fiction

Shortlisted for the Sarten's Women Book Award, Story Circle Network