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The Sweet Bloods of Eeyou Istchee - Stories of Diabetes and the James Bay Cree

The Sweet Bloods of Eeyou Istchee

Stories of Diabetes and the James Bay Cree

By Ruth Dyckfehderau and James Bay Cree Storytellers
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Paperback : 9780973054231, 280 pages, April 2019
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Table of contents

Some Notes about This Book
The Story of Rose Swallow of Chisasibi
The Story of Maggie Happyjack and Simon Etapp of Waswanipi
The Story of Annette Spencer of Whapmagoostui
The Story of Varley Mianscum of Oujé-Bougoumou
The Story of Sandra Judith Bulluck of Whapmagoostui
The Story of Mary Niquanicappo of Whapmagoostui
The Story of Victor Gilpin of Eastmain
The Story of Kimberly Coon of Mistissini
The Story of James Jonah of Waskaganish
The Story of Martha Sheshamush of Whapmagoostui
The Story of Emily Wesley of Oujé-Bougoumou
The Story of Leonard House of Chisasibi
The Story of Elizabeth Bell Tayler of Wemindji
The Story of Jennifer Gloria Lowpez of Waswanipi
The Story of Christopher Merriman of Eastmain
The Story of Jennifer Susan Annistin of Waskaganish
The Story of Raquel Emmeline Welsch of Wemindji
The Story of Jack Otter of Waswanipi
The Story of Lillian Martinhunter of Chisasibi
The Story of Caroline Neeposh of Chisasibi
The Story of Jonathan Linton of Mistissini
The Story of Anja Diamond of Nemaska
The Story of Angela Etapp of Waskaganish
The Story of Joey Blacksmith of Waswanipi
The Story of Coco Simone Chanelle of Mistissini
The Story of Freddie Wapachee of Nemaska
Glossary
Conversations and Reflections on Diabetes and Colonization
Acknowledgements

Description

In this groundbreaking collection, Ruth DyckFehderau and twenty-seven storytellers offer a rich and timely accounting of contemporary life in Eeyou Istchee, the territory of the James Bay Cree of Northern Quebec. The stories are connected by diabetes, but they are not records of illness as much as they are deeply personal accounts of life in the North: the fine, swayingbalances of living both in town and on the land, of family and work and studies, of healing from relocations and residential school histories while building communities of safety and challenge and joy, of hunting and hockey, and much more.

Sweet Bloods is essential reading for anyone who knows anyone with diabetes, and for anyone interested in a contemporary rendering of one of Canada’s vibrant, thriving, and highly adaptive Indigenous communities.

Awards

  • Short-listed, Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2018
  • Winner, Silver IPPY Independent Publisher Book Awards 2018
  • Short-listed, Silver Foreword INDIES Book of the Year 2017
  • Winner, International Book Awards 2018
  • Short-listed, National Indie Excellence (Health) and (Multicultural) 2018
  • Short-listed, Foreword INDIES Editor's Choice 2017

Reviews

This is an important book. In tis time, when our Cree communities and other Indigenous groups are facing down a brutal and pervasive diabetes epidemic, Sweet Bloods offers a Talking Circle in print: frank, funny, and emotional stories of James Bay Cree people living with the disease. What makes this book special is that we know these storytellers, and their stories are our stories. We recognize the effects of colonization in bodies, families, and communities -- and we see that the insights and love and laughter of these storytellers are stronger. We thank them for the courage to say what most of us will not say. Once you start this book, you'll want to read to the end.:

- Bella M. Petawabano, Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay

The stories contained in The Sweet Bloods of Eeyou Istchee are incredible. They are life lessons, they are tales of warning, they are songs of resilience, they are prayers for a healthier life. Each one is its own entity, and each storyteller bravely and beautifully speaks out so that we all may begin our own healing journey. This is a must-read book. I've not seen something quite like it before.

- Joseph Boyden