The Power of Indigenous Stories of Post-Apocalyptic Survival – The Tyee

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The Power of Indigenous Stories of Post-Apocalyptic Survival – The Tyee

by ahnationtalk on March 29, 202249 Views

Within these dystopian works of art, you just may find inspiration for ‘radical hope.’

As many provinces across Canada lift vaccine and mask mandates, anxieties are high. If COVID-19 is becoming endemic we must search for what philosopher Jonathan Lear calls radical hope.

However, alongside trauma and particularly in times of pandemics throughout history, hope can take the form of stories about resilience. And for Indigenous people in particular, who have disproportionately experienced the effects of the pandemic, what better way to find hope than to turn to Indigenous survivors in post-apocalyptic narratives?

Survival stories

Métis author Cherie Dimaline provides us the opportunity to do just this. Dimaline is best known for The Marrow Thieves, which won the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Kirkus Prize. The Marrow Thieves is listed as one of Time magazine’s Best Young Adult Books of All Time.

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