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This place : 150 years retold
2019
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Explore the past 150 years through the eyes of Indigenous creators in this groundbreaking graphic novel anthology. Beautifully illustrated, these stories are an emotional and enlightening journey through Indigenous wonderworks, psychic battles, and time travel. See how Indigenous peoples have survived a post-apocalyptic world since Contact.

This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts' New Chapter initiative. With this $35M initiative, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.
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School Library Journal Review
Gr 9 Up--Ten stories. Ten stunning Indigenous insights into 150 years of Canadian history, leavened with a dash of hope for the future, written and drawn in defiance of the attempted erassure of Indigenous peoples from Canadian identity and history. Each piece is introduced by a foreword from its author, with a time line of events surrounding the narrative, adding to readers' appreciation. Ten different art styles bring to life tales of separation, personal sacrifice, and resistance, of spiritualism and wonder, of promises broken, and of voices finally heard. Some of the artwork is in full color with large page spreads and vibrant hues and detail. One selection is rendered in dreamy watercolors; others are presented in black-and-white, with strong stark contrasts or sketchlike elements. All are powerful and poignant. Expressive and well rendered, the characters stand out and will linger with readers. In every case, the art and writing are a perfect fit; panels are creatively spaced, the pacing superb, and the speech bubbles well placed. VERDICT An essential title with first-rate storytelling and beautiful use of color and design.--Kelley Gile, Cheshire Public Library, CT
Booklist Review
This collection of 10 stories retells Canada's history since Confederacy in 1867 through the lens of its Indigenous peoples. Each story focuses on a significant Indigenous historical figure or event, illuminating pivotal moments with a focus on Indigenous rights and sovereignty. Eleven Indigenous authors and eight illustrators from various cultures make for a wide range of storytelling and illustrative styles, although author introductions and timelines for each piece establish some continuity. The fact-based stories relay important historical figures and pivotal moments for Indigenous rights in an accessible way, but the more fantastical stories are where this collection really shines. Red Clouds, a fictionalized account of a woman murdered during a great famine, conveys a disturbingly eerie and convincing alternate explanation of events, while Rosie offers a surreal, dreamlike landscape in which Inuit shamanism and European colonialism collide, illuminating the vast chasm between the two cultures. Although somewhat uneven, this collection provides invaluable opportunity to hear voices that are featured all too rarely in literature and is a worthwhile addition to collections.--Summer Hayes Copyright 2019 Booklist
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