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The Sweet Bloods of Eeyou Istchee

Stories of Diabetes and the James Bay Cree: Second Edition

By Ruth DyckFehderau
With James Bay Cree Storytellers
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Paperback : 9780973054231, 280 pages, April 2019
Paperback : 9780973054248, 280 pages, April 2021

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

The second edition of the groundbreaking collection The Sweet Bloods of Eeyou Istchee includes an epilogue with an update on each storyteller. 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, swaying
balances 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. This book is published by Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay and distributed by WLU Press.

Awards

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

Reviews

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

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