Paperback, 174 pages
Published 2015 by Alternate History Comics Inc.
- This collection just about blew my mind. I am not even exaggerating.
- The very first story which is actually an excerpt from the incredible Daredevil / Echo: Vision Quest written by David Mack blew me away. It’s told in Indian sign language with incredibly lush and poetic prose and incredible art. I don’t know which rock I have been living under not to know about David Mack’s prowess as a storyteller (he’s Cherokee) but I stand enlightened.
- All the stories in this collection present First Nations people not as some rarefied species to be protected and put in museums but as the actual living breathing evolving people they are.
- I think this is a very important distinction as often you will find that in stories written by non #ownvoices folks the Native Americans are given this historical air as if they existed and not as if they are still very much a part of contemporary society.
- Which is why I adored the SFF stories in this collection. The stories manage to weave together both the history of the people and the future of the people.
- The stories are extremely rich in culture and tradition reminding people that we do not necessarily have to lose our basic selves in the search for modern lifestyles.
- Progress does not mean sacrificing all that makes us who we are.
- Which in turn reminds me of an aphorism I recently read by the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore. It went something like: “Emancipation from the bondage of the soil is no freedom for the tree.”
- Deep, huh?
- Also included in this collection is a protected story that is not usually allowed to be told to outsiders so I felt extremely honoured to have been able to read it.
- Reading this collection is education about First Nations cultures but more than that it is entertaining.
- Which firmly establishes First Nations/Native American talents as storytellers and entertainers to people who may scoff at the idea.
- My point is, this collection is brilliant.
- The art, the stories, everything. The artist biographies provided at the end. The editor’s note. Everything.
- You should all read it.