Author: Richard Wagamese
One Native Life by Richard Wagamese
A few years back, Richard Wagamese moved from the city to a cabin in British Columbia’s high country. His strolls to a nearby lake became a morning ritual, and in the crisp mountain air he felt a peace he’d seldom experienced. Abused and abandoned as a kid, he’d grown up thinking there was nowhere he belonged. His past was all around him on his morning walks, he discovered, but this time what surfaced were the moments of joy and contentment.
One Native Life is about the things Wagamese has learned as a human being, a man and an Ojibway in his fifty-two years on the planet. This is a book about roots: uncovering them, tending them, watching life spring up all around you. We are neighbors on this earth, Wagamese has come to realize. Once we understand that, it’s all one great, grand tale.
Richard Wagamese (1955-2017), an Ojibway from the Wabaseemoong First Nation in northern Ontario, was recognized as one of Canada’s Foremost First Nations authors and story tellers. He authored fifteen books including his best selling memoirs One Native Life (2008) and One Story, One Song (2011), which received the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. His acclaimed novel Indian Horse (2012) was the 2013 People’s Choice winner in CBC’s Canada Reads competition. His final book, Embers (2016), a collection of Ojibway meditations, was shortlisted for a BC Book Prize.
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