Claiming Anishinaabe: Decolonizing the Human Spirit

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University of Regina Press, 2017 - Biography & Autobiography - 212 pages
Relying on Indigenous ways of knowing, Status draws on personal experience and introspection. Author Lynn Gehl explores Anishinaabeg knowledge philosophy, conceptions of truth, and the nature of the human spirit. Knowledge, she tells us, is not only located in the mind. It is instead found in the heart, in our practices, our stories, and the rituals and ceremonies we engage in. It is that knowledge that Gehl draws from when resisting the ongoing colonialist policies of governments that are still used to control Indigenous peoples.

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Reading this book changed how I think about decolonization and knowledge itself. Lynn Gehl inspires readers to be Indigenists and envision a new future together. A must-read for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

About the author (2017)

Lynn Gehl, Algonquin Anishinaabe-kwe, is a member of PikwÓkanagÓn First Nation. She is an author, advocate, and artist. Her previous two books are Claiming Anishinaabe: Decolonizing the Human Spirit and The Truth That Wampum Tells: My Debwewin on the Algonquin Land Claims Process. Her current work focuses on Canada's Algonquin genocide and caring for the most vulnerable. She has fought to help and protect those who have been affected by such as matters related to unknown / unstated paternity and the Indian Act, and Indigenous women and girls with disabilities who are bigger targets of sexual violence. In all she does, Lynn thinks, writes, and practices from within the Indigenist paradigm. She encourages all people to go back to their ancestral Indigenous knowledge. She lives in Peterborough, Ontario. You can read more of her work at

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