Poetry. Native American Studies. ASSI MANIFESTO is a celebration of the Innu land in the tradition of Jos phine Bacon. This telluric power is reminiscent of Paul Chamberland's Terre Qu bec. Natasha Kanapés challenge is to name her land, but also to reconcile opposites. In this collection of poetry, the author engages with the environment, colonialism, anxiety, anger, healing, solitude, and love. Assi in Innu means Land. ASSI MANIFESTO is primarily a land of women. If the manifesto is a public space, Assi is a forum of life, a song for those who open their spirit to its mystery.
The land of the people (Innu Assi in the language we used to call Montagnais) is immense. Committing fully to it and making it your own is almost a calling. Natasha Kanap Fontaine is already playing an important role among the men and women who are naming this world on the boundaries of the personal and the colossal. Nothing seems to frighten her in this quest for identity.--Mario Cloutier, La Presse
About the Author
Born in 1991 in Baie-Comeau, Natasha Kanap? Fontaine is Pessamit Innu. She lives in Montreal. Poet, slammer, painter and comedian, her first book, N?entre pas dans mon ?me avec tes chaussures (Do Not Enter My Soul in Your Shoes) was published by M?moire d?encrier in 2012 in French, and by Mawenzi House in 2015 in English.