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The Stone Collection

By Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm
Categories: Fiction, Indigenous & Aboriginal, Literary, Short Stories (single Author), Own Voices, Small Town & Rural
Imprint: HighWater Press

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
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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


[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

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

"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

Starred Review
Akiwenzie-Damm's collection of 14 short stories is diamond-like in its brilliance. The writer, poet, spoken-word performer, librettist, and activist from the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation at Neyaashiinigmiing, Ont. , has previously published two books of poetry and edited Skins: Contemporary Indigenous Writing, which won a Wordcraft Circle Award. Her luminescent prose in this book dances "like jingle dress dancers," and is somehow still compressed to shining perfection. The fiercely honest stories flit across Canada, visiting dinner and pit parties, the rez, Ottawa, Vancouver's Hastings Street , and stony beaches. They are suffused with humor, love, anger, laughter, blood, family, joy, grief, earth, ocean, and stars. Akiwenzie-Damm beautifully portrays life's struggles and connections: the everyday, such as two people "coming together. .. like glancing up and seeing a sky filled with falling stars" after a long acquaintance; the specific, such as the threat that walking alone at night carries for aboriginal women; and the supernatural, as in a young man's conversation with his long dead grandfather. Stones remember stories and love gives characters wings. Readers who collect Akiwenzie-Damm's stones will not be over-burdened by the weight of them, but will find instead that they are flying alongside the characters.

Publisher's Weekly