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Digital Subscriptions > Quill & Quire > May 2017 > Truth in identity

Truth in identity

The multi-talented Leanne Betasamosake Simpson redefines what it means to be indigenous in the 21st century


It’s tempting to view Leanne Betasamosake Simpson as a contemporary manifestation of the shape-shifting spirits that feature in indigenous storytelling, their changing forms meant to teach through their transitions. Simpson, a Michi Saagig Nishnaabeg First Nations artist in her mid-40s, has managed a strikingly similar feat by establishing herself variously as an activist, academic, editor, short-story writer, poet, songwriter, and musician.

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