Nitawahsin Nanni and Disrupting Journeys

  • Robin Attas Queen's University
  • Gabrielle Lindstrom Mount Royal University
  • Lee Easton Mount Royal University
  • Michelle Yeo Mount Royal University
Keywords: decolonization, Indigenization, disruptive interview, decoding the disciplines, educational development

Abstract

Nitawahsin Nanni

written by Michelle Yeo, as explained by Gabrielle Lindstrom:

 

Nitawashin Nanni means the land

but also          

 

how

 

you are participating in the land

and with the land--

how you

are a part of it.

 

It is your

relationship

to the land, encompassing

how you interact                                 with the land

 

land not

as a noun, but              what you are doing.

 

The land is you

and

you are participating in it.

Land is a body

 

Land is a body

 

of which you are part--

 

this is hard.

 

But the grasping

       creates ethical space,

        as Willy Ermine says.

 

This is hard to understand: the land is a body,

but the land is also you,

and you are participating together.

Try to understand.

 

Nitawashin Nanni.

Published
2021-04-28
Section
Articles & Essays