Becoming Kin: An Indigenous Call to Unforgetting the Past and Reimagining Our Future

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About the Author

Patty Krawec is an Anishinaabe and Ukrainian writer from Lac Seul First Nation. She is the cohost of the Medicine for the Resistance podcast and cofounder of the Nii'kinaaganaa Foundation, which collects funds and disperses them to Indigenous people and organizations. Her work has been published in Sojourners and Canadian Living. She is active with the Fort Erie Native Friendship Center and the Strong Water Singers. Krawec is a member of Chippawa Presbyterian Church and lives in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Nick Estes is a citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe and is assistant professor of American studies at the University of New Mexico. He is the author of Our History Is the Future and the coeditor of Standing with Standing Rock. Estes cofounded The Red Nation, an Indigenous resistance organization, in 2014.


"The fierce debut by Medicine for the Resistance podcaster Krawec critiques the harmful impact of European Christian settler colonialism on Indigenous Americans. The author, who is of Anishinaabe and Ukrainian heritage, details Indigenous American history from the first humans to populate the Americas through the present and outlines ways in which descendants of European colonizers and Indigenous people can become 'good relatives'.... Krawec's prose is electric, shot through with passion and knowledge [and] offers thought-provoking ideas." --Publishers Weekly

"An invitation and a challenge to become better relatives to one another at this critical moment in human and planetary history. Generous and wise, Becoming Kin is a rare book designed to be put to immediate and practical use." --Naomi Klein, New York Times bestselling author and professor of climate justice at the University of British Columbia

"Becoming Kin is a powerful invitation into unlearning and learning. Krawec offers an essential vision for our relationships with the earth, the land, and each other." --Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, author of On Repentance and Repair: Making Amends in an Unapologetic World

"A must-read for those working toward understanding and dismantling colonization. Patty Krawec reminds us what it means to come home to ourselves, this earth, and one another, and invites us to ask the beautiful, difficult questions that will help us reclaim that belonging." --Kaitlin Curtice, author of Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God

"Krawec holds space for Indigenous kin in a broad sense--and Black displanted people--and offers us a needed treatise on how to think. I will be reading and rereading this book for years to come, and I know it will inform my work as a Black feminist scientist." --Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, author of The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred

"Generous but also demanding, in the best way possible. A wonderful expression of how we can become better kin, with the world and with ourselves." --Jesse Wente, author of Unreconciled, arts journalist, and director of Canada's Indigenous Screen Office

"Patty Krawec has written a passionate and profound meditation on lineage, community, and systemic erasure. Grand in scope and depth of research, yet intimate in the telling, this book is an education for the soul." --Omar El Akkad, Giller Prize-winning author of What Strange Paradise and American War

"Crucial for understanding both colonization and Indigeneity, Becoming Kin is part history, part memoir, and part inspiration, lighting a path forward based on successful race relations, peace, and understanding." --Keri Leigh Merritt, historian and writer

"Becoming Kin is stunning; both in its indictment of colonial violence and especially in its painstakingly brilliant and beautiful articulation of another world and the reorganization of our relations beyond the nation-state, colonialism, and oppression. This book is a rigorous yet generous invitation to learn, to imagine, to dream, to act--to become kin." --Harsha Walia, author of Border & Rule and Undoing Border Imperialism