One Native Life

One Native Life

eBook - 2008
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One Native Life is a look back down the road Wagamese has travelled. It's about the things he's learned as a human being, a man and an Ojibway in his fifty-two years on the planet. Whether he's writing about making bannock, playing baseball, listening to the wind, meeting Johnny Cash or running away with the circus, these are stories told in a healing spirit. This is a book about roots: uncovering them, tending them, watching life spring up all around you. It is also a book about Canada. Acceptance is an Aboriginal principle, and Wagamese has come to see that we are all neighbours here. Once we understand that, he says, we realize it's all one great, grand tale.
Publisher: Vancouver ; Berkeley : Douglas & McIntyre, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9781926685762
Characteristics: 1 online resource (216 pages)


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Apr 04, 2016

This was a very good book - a cross between his actual life and philosophy. I did, though, enjoy "Medicine Walk" and "Indian Horse" more.

Jul 16, 2015

July 16 2015.....I have sped though this book in 3 days, which is something for me. I bought it a couple of years ago, after reading Indian Horse for the Canada Reads contest. It has sat on my shelf, waiting for me, and I picked it up this summer because I needed a book by an FNMI author for the summer reading challenge in the Chinook Arch System. Well, all I can say is....I am so glad that I read it NOW, while I am at the lake, and that I am enjoying it thoroughly. He inspired me to get my butt in gear and get out there and take advantage of what I have, namely a lake just sitting down 24 steps from my cabin! I spent 2 hours in my little rowboat last night (ouch, next time I bring a pillow for my butt) and I also set up my tent on the dock last night, and enjoyed a wonderful view of the stars (one good thing about a moonless night) and a treat of a great blue heron fishing ten feet from me in the morning. I also got very hot in the morning in that little sauna of a tent, and then realized that I could just jump in the lake. I would never have done that if I had slept up in the cabin. Thanks Richard, it was wonderful, and you will be on my mind a lot for the rest of the summer! Since I am just 3 years younger than Richard, I was able to relate to a lot of his life's news happenings. His story 'Bringing Back The Living Room' was one of my favourites, but there were many more as well. I will be re-reading this book, and will recommend it to my friends. It's a keeper!

Aug 06, 2014

One of the best books I've read in a long time. Beautifully poetic.heart warming and heart felt. Richard Wagamese shares his life's learnings as teachings in a positive light. His capacity to transcend the words to reach the reader gives one much to ponder. A true literary gift filled with treasures of wisdom.

smc01 Oct 19, 2013

Richard Wagamese is one of the best writers in Canada today. Reading this book will give you insight into native issues in Canada, but also human issues as well. There is much to ponder and admire about his writing. For readers of Indian Horse, this book offers great background about the origins of that novel.

donnabell Jun 06, 2013

The story of an Ojibway man born in 1950 in Ontario. The style is one of short stories that are almost poetic & you will put the book down often to relect on the meaning & beauty of what has been written. A Canadian gem!

Jun 07, 2011

This is one spectacular book. It's well written, it's interesting and it gives the reader some things to ponder as they rush through their busy life.
This is fantastic!

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