Lindsay Nixon’s nîtisânak honours blood and chosen kin with equal care. A groundbreaking memoir spanning nations, prairie punk scenes, and queer love stories, it is woven around grief over the loss of their mother. It also explores despair and healing through community and family, and being torn apart by the same. Using cyclical narrative techniques and drawing on their Cree, Saulteaux, and Métis ancestral teachings, this work offers a compelling perspective on the connections that must be broken and the ones that heal.
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As one of a select few authors putting queer indigenous stories on the map, Lindsay Nixon’s contributions are scrappy and punk rock, unashamed while also grappling with shame. The title of this creative memoir means “my relations,” and its short non-fiction pieces cover a lot of ground, taking us to all the places where Nixon found people who finally helped them know themselves. Traversing across the prairies and beyond, from Greyhound buses to parking lots, Nixon is as likely to quote Rihanna as an elder queer writer. nîtisânak provides a smart and provocative bridge between traditional knowledge and the contemporary world.