When I first discovered Richard Wagamese it was totally by chance. I was reeling from the aftermath of a tooth extraction, quickly scanning the library shelves for something soothing to experience. Richard Wagamese’s book One Story, One Song was the perfect solace. I soon discovered why Richard Wagamese is considered to be one of Canada’s foremost Native authors and storytellers. The 55 year-old Ojibway from the Wabaseemoong First Nation in Northwestern Ontario now lives in a cabin nestled in the mountains of British Columbia. He not only tells a story; he creates a scene which activates all of ones senses. To read his work is to step into his world, hearing, feeling and seeing all that is around him. He tells an honest, human story wrapped in a poetically descriptive prose that transports one’s mind and senses whether speaking in his own voice or utilizing fictional characters. The message in his writing invites the mind to open to the importance of recognizing that we are all one people regardless of our many societal labels, all of us connected to the earth and the possibility of the goodness and caring of humankind. This author’s books are well worth the read!
His books include:
Keeper’n Me, A Quality of Light, The Terrible Summer, For Joshua:An Ojibway Father Teaches His Son, Dream Wheels, Ragged Company, One Native Life and One Story One Song.