The Next Chapter·Canada 150

The book that reminds David Alexander Robertson of Manitoba

The graphic novelist explains why Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water captures his city's diverse culture.
Graphic novelist David Alexander Robertson says the Manitowapow anthology showcases the diverse voices of Manitoba. (Courtesy of David Alexander Robertson/Portage & Main Press )

To mark Canada 150, we've been asking writers to tell us about the book that best captures their part of the country. Author and graphic novelist David Alexander Robertson says Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water embodies Manitoba's diverse culture.

We have such a rich and diverse culture in Manitoba and we have an amazing community of Manitoba Indigenous writers. This collection showcases those voices in a profound way. You have writers from hundreds of years ago, like Louis Riel, all the way up to contemporary writers like Katherena Vermette and Jen Storm. It's so important that our histories and our place on this land are presented by our own voices. Here you have a collection of incredibly strong voices that speak to these important themes in profound ways. That's why Manitowapow, since its publication four years ago, has really stuck with me.

David Alexander Robertson's comments have been edited and condensed.