Hanaway

The book Hanaway is about resistance and survival It is about character transformation and cultural confusion It is about the state of First Nations in total institutions The author, Edmund Metatawabin, Ten Sunrises to the English grew up in the natural environment for the first seven years of his life Life then was full of exploration, laughter and story telling ItThe book Hanaway is about resistance and survival It is about character transformation and cultural confusion It is about the state of First Nations in total institutions The author, Edmund Metatawabin, Ten Sunrises to the English grew up in the natural environment for the first seven years of his life Life then was full of exploration, laughter and story telling It was a quiet lull before the gathering storm At seven years of age the author was registered at St Anne s Residential School located in Fort Albany where he was to be incarcerated for eight years Through the use of legends he brings us the story of the residential school experience as it impacted everybody within the circle Hanaway awakes from the mists of ancient legends to once again walk the earth and help fulfill the destiny of the Mushkegowuk This cultural group that occupies the western shores of James Bay in Northern Canada has been in the area longer than ten thousand years An ancient curse is revived, threatening the existence of the indigenous sector, where the cry of Erase them loudly reverberates in the traditional Nakapayhano Washahebayow lowlands The warrior of old arrives as a young boy who will walk the trail Is the personal shield, given by the Elder, sufficient to protect and keep intact the essence of the Sacred Fire The Sacred Fire that represents the inner soul of the man and family will undergo a severe test to survive Will Hanaway do honour to the task or is this the end of the legend
Hanaway The book Hanaway is about resistance and survival It is about character transformation and cultural confusion It is about the state of First Nations in total institutions The author Edmund Metatawabi

  • Title: Hanaway
  • Author: Edmund Metatawabin
  • ISBN: 9781412036481
  • Page: 264
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Hanaway”

    1. Hanaway was brought to my attention by my son, a book written by his mother's cousin, a man I know and respect, Edmund Metatawabin. His book is a poignant fictional look at the all too real residential school that existed in Fort Albany, Ontario up until the mid-1970s. It follows the life and trials a student at that school, the son of Cree hunter-gatherer parents, the victim of psychological, physical, cultural abuse by not only the Roman Catholic mission in Peetabek (the Cree name of their hom [...]

    2. The book Hanaway was my first opportunity to feel the intensity and stress a young child felt when being placed away from parents and into a cold institution. I was introduced to the concept of cultural schizophrenia as a defense mechanism. The books weaves this concept through the eyes of the character who progresses from stage to stage and ultimately succeeding at university yet still battling the effects of the pastad it cover to cover and was absorbed.

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