kiyâm by Naomi McIlwraith
English | 2019| General Fiction/Classics > Poetry| PDF reader | 1.8 MB
Through poems that move between two languages, Naomi McIlwraith explores the beauty of the intersection between nehiyawewin, the Plains Cree language, and English, akayasimowin. Written to honor her father’s facility in nehiyawewin and her mother’s beauty and generosity as an inheritor of Cree, Ojibwe, Scottish, and English, kiyam articulates a powerful yearning for family, history, peace, and love.
“In a clear and engaging voice, McIlwraith provides an intriguing view of a woman and a writer navigating the pathways between the European literary tradition and the oral tradition of the First Nations and Métis, negotiating these two vastly different linguistic worlds.” Jenna Butler, MacEwan University