Aambe: where books collide

patty krawec
a place where books and ideas rush towards each other and I examine the particles their collision leaves behind.
Created 04 May 2021
  • Being Indigenous
    16 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    In four years of podcasting I have had to take down interviews, not many, but a few. There was nothing wrong with the content but I had learned something that meant I no longer wanted to be associated...
  • Redemption on stolen land
    10 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    I had just had a conversation with two authors about Black and Indigenous struggle for place and position in these colonial countries we live in, and one of them brought out what I had thought was a t...
  • This phrase seems inadequate
    06 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    The first part of my book is an account of settler colonialism in Canada and the US. Or I should say the US and Canada since it’s a US publisher so most of what I talk about is centered around the US....
  • The Stories We Tell
    04 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    And they talk and laugh and have a great time. Back in the summer we talked about fiction and the stories we tell about our communities and ourselves. I was joined by Waubgeshig Rice, (an Anishinaabe ...
  • Life is inevitable
    02 Nov 2021 • 6 min read
    A friend of mine loaned me the book Clearing the Plains. It is a book about the history of Canada in the context of sickness. That it won the John A Macdonald Prize is a source of bemusement. The priz...
  • epigraphs
    27 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    In Haudenosaunee traditions there are the “words that come before all else.” It is a thanksgiving address and the words “and now our minds are one” repeat throughout, drawing us together so that we ca...
  • Ambe: All We Are is Story
    26 Oct 2021 • 4 min read
    I encountered Richard Wagamese ba shortly after I found my father, which was in my late 20s. My mother had moved us down south after they separated and I was raised with my maternal family, Ukranians ...
  • Exciting news about the Ambe podcast!
    26 Oct 2021 • 2 min read
    A year ago a friend asked me to recommend a couple of books that would help him add Indigenous content to his reading. He thought I could probably come up with a couple. I came up with a thread. That ...
  • Ambe: Refusing Patriarchy
    26 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    Refusing Patriarchy. The theme for this month went through several iterations, originally I was thinking about Mother’s Day and the various ways that we mother that go far beyond a binary that is so c...
  • Ambe: Surrounded by Relatives
    26 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    What are the conditions our communities need to see the Milky Way? This is the question that Chanda Prescod-Weinstein poses near the end of her book The Disordered Cosmos. I hadn’t meant to include a ...
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