Iskwewak Kah’ Ki Yaw Ni Wahkomakanak, Second Edition
Neither Indian Princesses nor Easy Squaws
Acoose decolonizes written English by interweaving her own story with reflections on the self-determination of her female ancestors and by highlighting influential Indigenous female writers who have resisted cultural stereotypes and reclaimed the literary field as their own. This important text urges both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to move beyond words to challenge the harmful attitudes that condone violence against Indigenous women.
Thoroughly updated and featuring new photographs, questions for critical thought, and a discussion of Indigenous women’s literary voices that have emerged in the past twenty years, the second edition of Iskwewak is an invaluable resource for students and teachers of Indigenous studies, women’s studies, and literature.
Number of Pages
15.24 " x 22.86”
“In Iskwewak, Acoose lays down a moral and ethical base from which decolonial inquiry emerges. By putting Indigenous women in the center of analysis, Acoose peels off the mask of dominant literature, exposing the racialized sexism, sexualized racism, and the legacy of violent settler anxiety with the marginalized, exoticized, fetishized, and cannibalized construction of the Indian ‘squaw’ and ‘princess.’ Acoose points the way to the path of decolonization and resurgence, positioning Iskwewak as a pivotal work in the study and literature of Indigenous decolonization—in Canada, in North America, and beyond the nation-state.”
— Margo Tamez, MFA, PhD, Indigenous Studies / Community, Culture and Global Studies, University of British Columbia
“Apii Iskwewak Janice Acoose o’gii izhibii’aan gakina Manodookwewag gichi’apiitenimaad gaye waabanda’inang memwech igo ezhi-inawemaadiyang. Epiichi maada’oozhinang ezhi-aanikanootang gaa ezhiwebag gaye kwe-maadiziwaad nandominang ji-bwaajigeying, ji-debweyendamoying, ji-aanjitomang. In writing Iskwewak, Janice Acoose offers respect to the spirit of all women, showing us precisely how we are all related. By sharing her interpretation of history and the lives of women, she invites us to dream, to believe, to change.”— Margaret Noodin, MFA, PhD, English and American Indian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee