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Daniel Heath Justice

Daniel Heath Justice is a U.S.-born Canadian citizen of the Cherokee Nation and the author of Our Fire Survives the Storm: A Cherokee Literary History (2006) (University of Minnesota Press) as well as an Indigenous fantasy trilogy, The Way of Thorn & Thunder--Kynship (2005), Wyrwood (2006), and Dreyd (2007)--all published by Kegedonce Press. He teaches Aboriginal literatures and other English courses at the University of Toronto.

Justice's critical work has often centered around themes of identity, authenticity and decolonisation: this has led to his being associated with literary nationalists such as Craig Womack and Jace Weaver. His work is known for accessible and enjoyable prose that discusses difficult issues in an approachable manner.

Why Indigenous Literatures Matter
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous;
Grade Levels: University/College;

Part survey of the field of Indigenous literary studies, part cultural history, and part literary polemic, Why Indigenous Literatures Matter asserts the vital significance of literary expression to the political, creative, and intellectual efforts of Indigenous peoples today. In considering the connections between literature and lived experience, this book contemplates four key questions at the heart of Indigenous kinship traditions: How do we learn to be human? How do we become good relatives? How do we become good ancestors? How do we learn to live together? Blending personal narrative and broader historical and cultural analysis with close readings of key creative and critical texts, Justice argues that Indigenous writers engage with these questions in part to challenge settler-colonial policies and practices that have targeted Indigenous connections to land, history, family, and self. More importantly, Indigenous writers imaginatively engage the many ways that communities and individuals have sought to nurture these relationships and project them into the future.

This provocative volume challenges readers to critically consider and rethink their assumptions about Indigenous literature, history, and politics while never forgetting the emotional connections of our shared humanity and the power of story to effect personal and social change. Written with a generalist reader firmly in mind, but addressing issues of interest to specialists in the field, this book welcomes new audiences to Indigenous literary studies while offering more seasoned readers a renewed appreciation for these transformative literary traditions.

Awards

  • 2019 PROSE Award for Literature
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Dreyd: The Way of Thorn and Thunder (Book 3)
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous;
Grade Levels: 10; 11; 12;

The Eternity Tree has fallen, and with it falls Sheynadwiin. The forces of Eromar ravage the Everland, and the skies are filled with the smoke and ashes of the burning forests. Those Folk who do not escape into the far mountains and hidden valleys are driven into the broken westlands of Humanity, where Dreydmaster Vald reveals the full vision of his grand ambition, one that will annihilate even the memory of the Kyn and their kind. Never since the Melding have they faced such danger. Will their roots hold fast, or will they be lost upon the storm? Can they find a safe mid dle path on this way of thorn and thunder? Daniel Heath Justice wraps up his critically acclaimed trilogy, 'The Way of Thorn and Thunder' with 'Dreyd'.

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Kynship: The Way of Thorn and Thunder (Book 1)
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous;
Grade Levels: 10; 11; 12;

Book One in the trilogy (Kynship, Wyrwood, and Dreyd).

The Everland-home of the tree-born Kyn since time immemorial, a deep green world of ancient mystery and danger. The wyr-powers of the Kyn and the other Eld Folk have preserved this wild region from the ravenous hunger of Humanity for over a thousand years, but those powers are fast fading away. As the eyes of Men turn once more to the Everland and its rich bounty, the leaders of the Folk gather in Sheynadwiin, the Kyn capital, hoping to find a way to survive the growing storm. She is Tarsadeshae the Spearbreaker a fearless Kyn warrior trained in the Redthorn ways of battle and blood. She knows her place in the Everland's cycle of life and death, and that knowledge gives her strength and purpose. Yet Tarsa's ordered world is shattered when an act of courage goes horribly awry, and her spirit awakens to the wild wyr of her ancestors powers long persecuted by the assimilationist Shields and their allies. As she struggles to reconcile her former life with the call of the rising bloodsong, Tarsa joins the summons of the Sevenfold Council, where she is swept into the struggle between those Folk who would embrace the promises of Men, and those who would hold fast to the rooted understandings of the Eld Green. For all who call the Everland home, there can be no middle path.

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In Re-Print
The Way of Thorn and Thunder: The Kynship Chronicles
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous;
Grade Levels: 8; 9; 10; 11; 12;

Taking fantasy literature beyond the stereotypes, Daniel Heath Justice’s acclaimed Thorn and Thunder novels are set in a world resembling eighteenth-century North America. The original trilogy is available here for the first time as a fully revised one-volume novel. The story of the struggle for the green world of the Everland, home of the forest-dwelling Kyn, is an adventure tale that bends genre and gender.

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"The Way of Thorn and Thunder is a beautifully wrought high fantasy novel, drawing from the unique and fascinating cultures of North America's aboriginal peoples but successfully creating a world and characters that stand on their own, and are even set apart from what we usually see in high fantasy. Readers who enjoy meticulously created landscapes and cultures, as well as language that is by turns both visceral and elegant, will likely find much to love in The Way of Thorn and Thunder."--Karin Lowachee, author The Gaslight Dogs

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Wyrwood: The Way of Thorn and Thunder (Book 2)
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous;
Grade Levels: 8; 9; 10; 11; 12;

The Sevenfold Council stands firm against Dreydmaster Vald's treaty terms, they will not surrender the Everland. Their will is strong, but there is a traitor in their midst, and Vald intends to win this struggle, by any means necessary.

As the Everland is torn apart by invasion and the threat of civil war, the young warrior-Wielder, Tarsa'deshae, and the Tetawa Leafspeaker, Tobhi Burrows, travel to Eromar City, the centre of Vald's influence, in hopes of rescuing the diplomats who have long languished in the shadows of Gorthac Hall. But only one remains alive, and he knows all too well the price for fighting the Dreydmaster's will. It will take all their strength, courage, and good fortune to escape with their lives.

Whether they have a home to return to is another matter entirely.

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"What a treasure for anyone looking for heroes and adventure in a series based on Aboriginal philosophy and wisdom" - Richard Van Camp

 

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