Cover art by Saffron Scott
xxx ndn: love and lust in ndn country is the latest and greatest from the Aboriginal Writers' Collective of Manitoba. Three years in the making (don't get me started on that story), xxx ndn includes new work from not only our membership, but also friends from across the country including, Lee Maracle, Garry Gottfriedson and Joanne Arnott.
And, if you can't tell by the title, it's erotica, shhhhhh!
I know, you're feeling shy. That's ok, you'll get over it. Let me tell you, I wasn't so sure at first either. When this idea came up, I was skeptical. Well, honestly, I was sheepish. Sex? I thought. That's not very literary.
That, and I'm pruidish by nature, Mennonite on my mom's side, Catholic on my dad's, I had to literally overcome centuries of sexual repression before I could even think of getting my freak on paper. But, that's why it's important. It's a reclamation, like land, like our bodies in general, it's taking back something that we were never supposed to be ashamed of.
The inspiration behind xxx ndn comes from a recent but powerful tradition in contemporary Canadian Indigenous Literature where authors have taken sexuality to task and reclaimed their sovereign right to get their freak on.
Traditionally we are a bawdy people, our oral stories are full of the expressions of lovemaking, and all that is funny and beautiful about it. These ideas, like much of our culture, are now being emancipated.
And political action has never be so much fun!
Katherena Vermette, editor
"xxx ndn: love and lust in ndn country"
xxx ndn contributing author Duncan Mercredi spoke with host Rosanna Deerchild on the Weekend Morning Show. Here what Duncan thinks about Indigenous erotica.
The Aboriginal Writers Collective is a fast and loose group of established and emerging Indigenous writers who get together every now and then to share work, support each other, and cause general havoc with passersby. AWCm has been around since 1999, published 2 chapbooks, Urban Cool and Bone Memory, and produced a spoken word CD called Red City.
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