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Love After the End-Indigiqueer Authors Imagine the Future of Our World.

"Kinship is a two-sided coin, Nigig. You always gotta ask yourself, who is being excluded here?"- Migizi.

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What caught my attention immediately from the tone of #joshuawhitehead's introduction was the intention of this anthology to be nothing other than deliberate, clear, and personal with the representation of indigiqueerness, the exploration of indigenous people's relationship with self, AI, environment, family, beliefs, violence, and experiences.

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The authors brilliantly came together using the speculative story-telling format to imagine the future, teach lessons of acceptance, exclusion, violence against queer individuals, understanding, and survival, all while keeping Two-Spirit and Indigiqueers central. These stories take us from Earth into space and new worlds, and along the way we see the consequences, misgivings, actions, journeys that have led to the altered surface of our world as we know it. Changes that can be compared to what indigenous people's have faced and are not unfamiliar with and which they are still fighting today.

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Each story resonates with the love, respect, and dedication that indigenous people have for the Earth, the land that provides for and sustains them; their connection to both and to each other, making the characters vivid and bonded to their hi/stories. It was impossible not to be affected by these narratives. Again central to every story is family, queerness, indigiqueerness, Two-Spiritedness, Earth, future paths, and how indigenous peoples have been honouring and living in harmony with the land and all its inhabitants for generations.

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Every story within this anthology passed on just how important Indigenous people's history is to their way of life, teachings, and practices. ANDWANIKADJIGAN is a powerful story depicting how important stories are in safeguarding and preserving a shared history. The chosen story-keeper can pass on all the knowledge gained from previous storytellers orally and continuously until they are memorized. What I loved about this story was the physical representation of the stories on the body of the keeper. The author has poignantly portrayed a practice that is central to their people's community. An anthology that deserves to be read and shared.

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A Must Read. Thank you to @arsenalpulp for this review copy. All thoughts are our own. Go buy, borrow, gift this anthology. #LoveAftertheEnd is out now.

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