In Anishnaabemowin daanis is the stem for daughter, it doesn’t exist as a word independently. It needs a prefix to denote relationship in order to make sense.
We don’t exist independently. We live in layers of relationships, among ancestors and descendants in a web that stretches far beyond our senses. But how do we live as good relatives? What does it mean to say, all my relations. This is the question that drives me. The question that provokes my podcast, my writing, my activism. That question became a book. How do we unforget the past and reimagine a future? How do we become kin.
I read a lot of books and my substack is where I write about the books I’m reading and what happens when the ideas from one book collide with the ideas in another. It is also where I share excerpts from the book with paid subscribers, reflecting on why I did or did not make changes. Editing things I wrote a year ago feels like editing a different person sometimes. You can subscribe to my substack here.
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