Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water
by Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair | Warren Cariou | Foreword by Beatrice Mosionier

Grade: for grade 11 to adult
(3 customer reviews)
SKU: 978-1-55379-307-6 Categories: , , ,


  • Softcover

In the middle of the continent, where waterways and rivers flow in and out of immense lakes, many different people have come, met, lived, and thrived. In Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water you will find their voices, reaching from across the millennia to the present day. This rich collection of stories, poetry, nonfiction, and speeches features

  • historical writings, from important figures
  • Vibrant literary writing by eminent Aboriginal writers
  • Nonfiction and political writing from contemporary Aboriginal leaders
  • Local storytellers and keepers of knowledge from far-reaching Manitoba communities
  • New, vibrant voices that express the modern Aboriginal experiences
  • Anishinaabe, Cree, Dene, Inuit, Métis, and Sioux writers from Manitoba

Manitowapow, a one-of-a-kind anthology, is the first book in The Debwe Series. Created in the spirit of the Anishinaabe concept debwe (to speak the truth), The Debwe Series is a collection of exceptional Aboriginal writings from across Canada.

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Because the editors want to give back to the local Aboriginal communities that have inspired them with their words, Niigaan and Warren have chosen to donate the proceeds from Manitowapow to a special fund administered through the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture at the University of Manitoba. This fund supports literacy and creative writing initiatives among Manitoba’s Aboriginal youth. Many of the book’s contributing authors and copyright holders have also joined in this initiative by donating their fees to help support the next generation of Aboriginal writers.


Approved resource for Manitoba classrooms

Winner of On The Same PageManitowapow was voted as the book all Manitobans should read in 2013. On The Same Page is a mass reading project that invites readers of all ages to read a Manitoba authored book. The project is about encouraging a life long love of reading; honouring books by Manitoba authors and encouraging all to participate in fun and interactive ways to celebrate the same book at the same time.

3 reviews for Manitowapow

  1. Phil Fontaine

    This book is a must-read, not only for all Manitobans – but for all Canadians.

  2. John Ralston Saul

    These are voices that need to be heard and read. These are the foundations of our culture, foundations which have grown from generation to generation into the imagination and intellect of today. Of the today we all share.

  3. Richard Wagamese

    The land empowers, defines, sustains and perpetuates us. Here in this glorious compilation of voices, new and old, our spirit is sung for the ages and the energy and vibe of Manitowapow, engages, thrill and composes us. A bravura collection for anyone searching for a real, empowered sense of place….”

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