Seven Sacred Truths

Seven Sacred Truths

by Wanda John-Kehewin


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Seven Sacred Truths presents a powerful exploration of an Indigenous woman’s healing journey. Seeing the world through “brown” eyes, poet Wanda John-Kehewin makes new meaning of the past, present, and future through a consideration of Love, Wisdom, Truth, Honesty, Respect, Humility, and Courage. By sharing her views on these Seven Sacred Truths and what they meant to her growing up, John-Kehewin instigates a therapeutic process of restoration and transformation. Her Seven Sacred Truths uncovers new meaning in the written word – meaning that can be shared with others who have lived trauma or who want insight into it. John-Kehewin strives to create a safe space and provide the opportunity to experience another perspective; she invites readers to embark on their own healing journeys. The closer you are to the truth, she writes, the freer you become.
Wanda John-Kehewin uses writing as a therapeutic medium to understand and respond to the near-decimation of First Nations cultures and traditions. Recipient of the World Poetry Foundation’s Empowered Poet Award for her first collection, In the Dog House.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781772012132
Publisher: Talonbooks, Limited
Publication date: 01/15/2019
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Wanda John-Kehewin has studied criminology, sociology, Aboriginal studies, and creative writing with Simon Fraser University’s TWS writing program. She uses writing as a therapeutic medium to understand and respond to the near-decimation of First Nations culture, language, and tradition. She will be attending the University of British Columbia part-time, taking creative writing courses in 2018 and studied at UBC in creative writing in 2016. She has been a part of World Poetry and its radio show as a co-host on Co-op Radio and performed at numerous readings throughout British Columbia’s Lower Mainland. Her work is raw, and her honesty is a reflection of the amount of suffering the ancestors of the past have endured. She gives her mother, who was never heard, a voice. She credits her children as the vehicle to healing and wanting to understand colonization and its effects. Her first book of poetry, In the Dog House , was published by Talonbooks in 2013.

Table of Contents

The Seven Sacred Truths 3

Creator, Universe, Ancestors, Mother Earth 9

Pretty and Pink with New Shoes 14

Mortal Spirit Angel 15

Coyote Crying 16

An Epigraph for Zanzibar 19

A Thousand Pictures 20

Ancestors - 22

Best IntentiOns BrOken PrOMises 24

To all the children Of residential schO Ols … 26

Walk a Mile in My Moccasins 28

MOMMY i wOuld have 33

Just dON't 43

The Star Treks 44

1998 (DAD) 46

An "Indian" Never Dies Peacefully 48

Untitled 57

Brother 59

Striking Things 61

Dogs 62

Mother Earth - the Cherry Blossom in Me 63

Mama's Moon 64

I forget 66

Cross-Culture's Baby on the Way 70

Stand by The Last Stream 71

(Untitled until further notice) 74

Prayer for Our Daughters 76

Dogs of my Childhood 78

Emily and Dickonson 80

Bad Day Metaphors 82

Four Squares 83

Sitting in a Box (To My Teenager) 86

A Splinter 89

Lady Antiqua 90

Awakening Tiger 93

Home 94

I Don't Want To 95

Letter to My Nine-Year-Old Self 103

Summer Kisses 110

IF Mother could have spOken… 114

Geometry 116

Forgiveness 118

Sources for "An 'Indian' Never Dies Peacefully" 121

Acknowledgments 123

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