December 24, 2008

Light Reading

In the recent update of my blog, I have a little side section showing you the current books I'm reading. To remember all the books I want to read, have read, and currently reading, I use You will see here all the books I want to read. And here is all the books I have read.

Here are the books I am currently reading:

The Colonizer and the Colinzed by Albert Memmi
Na'cha'uaht gave this book to me as a "Festivus" present. Last year it was Trinity by Leon Uris, and year before that it was The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told by Alex Haley. I made it about half way through Malcolm X, and never really started on Trinity, but I will Na'cha'uaht. For now, the Colonizer and Colonized is the most pressing and intriguing one to read.

Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
The Mars trilogy was recommend by Chris Corrigan. I also read online somewhere that the economic system thought of in the series was strikingly similar to the potlatch system on the Northwest Coast. Then and there I was intrigued. The first book I read by Robinson was one of his latest, "The Years of Rice and Salt". That book blew me away and introduced me to a whole other thing. Green Mars, the second in the trilogy, continues on the story of a number of the early colonists of Mars, their decedents, and the large forces at play within a barren world becoming not so barren. Great read.

Peace, Power, Righteousness: An Indigenous Manifesto by Taiaiake Alfred
This is the second book I have read of Taiaiake's books. His most recent book Wasase, was potent in shaping my better understanding of my context as an indigenous man living in a colonized Canadian world. Peace, Power, Righteousness is shaping up to speak more closer to home then I thought it. In the second edition of the book, he shares deep critical insights into how our culture has become colonized, and where the true path as an indigenous man with profound belief in what his ancestors fought is made clearer. I am almost done this book and am forcing my mother (a band councilor) to read it. haha

Tsawalk: A Nuu-chah-nulth Worldview by Richard E. Atleo
I read the first chapter last night and the bases for his assumptions or interpretations are so striking apt at what I could understand within the bases of my culture. Although Coast Salish and Nuu-chah-nulth cultures are very different in many ways, they are both cultures of the Pacific Northwest Coast, and bear a lot of similarities. His analyzes will provide deep insight to look within my own history and traditional cultural institutions to help form a more defined basis for a Skwxwu7mesh decolonization movement.

The Truth About Stories by Thomas King
Very funny and refreshing book. The reminder of some of the basics that all North American's need to know are illustrated so well in this wonderfully written book. "The truth about stories is that we are all stories." say Thomas King, something 3 chapters later, I finally figure out. I know look for stories in all things and see the world in a different light. I hope to do a book review of this when I'm finished.

On the Road by Jack Kerouac
Barely even started, but I have read some of his poetry and really enjoy his use of words to highlight the written word.

So, those are my currently reading list. If you have book to recommend, please pass it on. I buy or borrow books all the time. Actually, if you want to borrow a book, let me know, and I'll be happy to share.
by Rivers on Wednesday, December 24, 2008 |


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