Not Far Away: The Real-life Adventures of Ima Pipiig

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Unflinchingly points fingers directly at the educational system that willingly participates in the racist practices of America’s heartland.

 

 

“We did not come over here on the Mayflower,” Ima Pipiig writes. “We did not come up the Cumberland Gap. We did not follow Daniel Boone or De Soto or a black-robed priest. We came from the tops of tall trees that softly bent down and laid their boughs upon the earth so that she would not be lonesome. We came from the clouds, life-giving mist and sky. We came from the soil itself, from crevices that opened up and gifted us to the open air. We came from the rich mud at the bottom of the waters to mingle with the other life forms and make them complete.”

 

Told in alternating voices—Beardslee’s and that of her semi-fictional protagonist, Ima Pipiig—Not Far Away deals with the issues of racism and poverty, as well as access to public lands, jobs, education, and even social comfort. Here, Beardslee and Pipiig unflinchingly point their fingers directly at the educational system that willingly participates in the racist practices of America’s heartland. Lois Beardslee and Ima Pipiig are strong Indian women whose stories, songs and poems are at once achingly beautiful and painfully honest.

 

 

Author: Lois Beardslee (Ojibwe/Lacandon)

Binding Availability: Paperback

Published: 2007

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Ojibwe, Lacandon