Killing the Wittigo: Indigenous Culture-Based Approaches to Waking Up, Taking Action, and Doing the Work of Healing

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ECW Press
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5.6 X 8.51 X 0.64 inches | 0.81 pounds

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About the Author

Suzanne Methot is the author of Legacy: Trauma, Story, and Indigenous Healing. She has worked in adult literacy and skills-training, as a museum educator, and as a teacher, creating a classroom program for Indigenous students experiencing intergenerational trauma. Born in Vancouver and raised in Peace River, Alberta, Suzanne is Nehiyaw of mixed Indigenous and European heritage. She lives on Gabriola Island, B.C., on the unceded territory of the Snuneymuxw Nation.

"While Indigenous teens are the obvious audience, this is an eye-opening and important resource for anyone concerned with North America's colonial legacy." -- Booklist Starred Review
"A valuable introduction to Indigenous culture-based approaches to trauma." -- Kirkus Reviews
"I truly enjoyed reading Killing the Wittigo by Suzanne Methot. I love the stories, ceremonies, and teachings. The book is very thought-provoking, and bringing wittigo into the modern-day hardships of our people is brilliant. Yes, wittigo is trauma and mental health. Very few people can go through life without some kind of trauma, but what happened to the Indigenous community was life-altering. The physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and grieving -- our families are suffering so much. We don't just get over it, and the intergenerational hurt will be with our community for a long time to come. This book will help people look at their trauma in a different way. Our culture and ceremonies have always helped our people, and the cultural approach is on point. This has always been our way to living a good life. The book gives cultural credibility back to our youth." -- Harvey Manning (Anishinaabe), MSW, Community Worker
"I like Suzanne's style of writing -- it's like she's in the room with me. I was at page 54 when I realized that, even at my age, the journey of healing never stops." -- Nicole Tanguay (Cree/French), Writer and Community Worker
"Killing the Wittigo is written with complete transparency, a clear understanding of trauma and its many aspects. The read is an in-depth look into the reader's life experiences, bringing them to an enlightened knowing of self. But the most powerful part is offering the tools needed to heal while living in more happiness and peace. I highly recommend this book to everyone, and mostly for those who assist in another's healing." -- Joanne Dallaire (Āhtawāpiskatowi Ininiwak), Elder and Senior Advisor, Toronto Metropolitan University
"This young adult version of Suzanne Methot's award-winning book Legacy: Trauma, Story, and Indigenous Healing provides a thought-provoking exploration of the legacy of colonization on Indigenous communities...Through these powerful accounts of decolonization, transformation, and change, readers will gain a deeper understanding of the complex challenges still faced by Indigenous communities today." -- TEACH Magazine