Glass Beads by Dawn Dumont (69)

This story is relevant and contemporary. It will round out my reading of the First Nations Peoples and the Indigenous Peoples. It has been a great reading period showcasing all of the book that I know of anyways that are in my local library about these wonderful people with a long and troubled history.

This book opens the door to the lives of the generation of young Indigenous people who are among the first of their families to live off the reserve and who must adapt and evolve for most of their adult lives.

This book of stories interconnect the friendships of four First Nations people–Everett Kaiswatim, Nellie Gordon, Julie Papequash, and Nathan (Taz) Mosquito who share their life events in the city where they live.

In some of the stories, we watch how shy Julie, though supported by her roommates, is filled with apprehension as she goes on her first white-guy date. Years later, we witness her change as her worries and vulnerability are put to the test when she is unjustly convicted in a violent melee and must serve some jail time.

Set against the cultural, political, and historical backdrop of the 90’s and early 2000s, Dumont authentically reveals how difficult it can be to live in this world made up of rules that do not work for many Indigenous people.

This is a great series of short stories. I love how the characters develop and grow throughout the series of stories. This is especially the case for Julie. It is sad that a seemingly beautiful girl like her would be unjustly convicted of a crime that it seems she didn’t commit.

I loved the stories from beginning to the end. I love the title of the book as well, as well as the photograph on the cover of a pair of boots with glass beads on them. The colours are vibrant. If only the Inuit culture had a better history.

 

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I am a freelance and academic writer. I am currently writing a book called `Fearless Freelance Writers`. Please look out for it soon on this blog.
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