In 1973, Paulette Jiles arrived in Northern Ontario to run a community radio station. Romantic notions of primitive life immediately faded in the harsh setting. The first night, she would have frozen without a willing husky pup who shared her bed. Humorous vignettes convey Jiles' reverence for native tradition and storytelling and her affection for colleagues and companionIn 1973, Paulette Jiles arrived in Northern Ontario to run a community radio station. Romantic notions of primitive life immediately faded in the harsh setting. The first night, she would have frozen without a willing husky pup who shared her bed. Humorous vignettes convey Jiles' reverence for native tradition and storytelling and her affection for colleagues and companions....
|Title||:||North Spirit: Sojourns Among the Cree and Ojibway|
|Number of Pages||:||289 Pages|
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North Spirit: Sojourns Among the Cree and Ojibway Reviews
The Story of how Paulette Jiles got her nickname of Paunets i.e. Shabby Little Sioux“There’s no L in Ojibway, so ‘Paul-ette’ becomes ‘Paun-ette,’ A puan is a Sioux.“Why are you laughing Nathan?”“You’d just have to know the language! It’s too complicated!!” He fell into frank, outright laughter.[…]“What about this Sioux business?” I said.“It’s just that puan means something like, oh, ‘weird foreigner.’ And ette becomes ess , that’s a diminutive suffix that implies something kind of messy and worn-out. Ha ha ha! Shabby Little Sioux! Oh, sorry, excuse me.” He got up and laughed himself out...- from Chapter 20 (pgs. 129-130 in the 400 page Anchor Canada edition)"North Spirit" is Paulette Jiles's 1995 memoir of the several years in the 1970s that she spent in northern Ontario after moving to Canada in the late 1960s from Missouri. She had been a poet early in her writing career but has subsequently taken to writing historical fiction. Her latest novel News of the World from 2016 seems to have been a breakout book for her based on the number of its ratings and reviews on Goodreads.I especially enjoy fish-out-of-water stories and learning about other languages and cultures and "North Spirit" covered all of those bases for me. It is fairly wide-ranging as it covers all of the various jobs that Jiles had over several years included stints as radio station assistant, newspaper photographer & reporter and theatre playwright. The framing device of the story is a theatre tour of northern Ontario communities for which Jiles was the play writer and where the young cast included the Canadian actor Graham Greene who went on to a wide-ranging career of various TV and film roles. Jiles used her learned radio station experience to create the stage work.The several dozen chapters are often self contained stories of Jiles's adventures in First Nations communities where she learned the basics of Cree and Ojibway languages and the writing of their syllabics. Her respect for the elders in the communities especially rings through as well as her enjoyment of the story-telling of myths and legends. Her self-deprecatory humour also helps in endearing us to her personality. The opening quoted story here is a great example of that and also gives an idea of the spirit and tone of the book.My thanks to good friends Liisa and Martin who gifted this book to me! Meegwetch!
My copy is called North Spirit, Travels among the Cree and Ojibway Nations and Their Star Maps by Paulette JilesAn engaging approach and good read. I enjoyed the mythology within the narrative, the cultural reflections, and the portrayal of life in the north. This book especially interested me because it describes how Paulette first moved north as a community animator for a radio station, a position I once held when working in radio in northern Alberta. Highly recommended.
The story of an adventurous soul traveling to, and living in, a hostile environment can be interesting. For me, this story was not interesting. It was tedious and verbose. Others may find the local language treatment of interest.
Although seemingly disjointed at first, once I got into the groove of this book, I quite enjoyed. Contains some beautiful passages. It is the story of Paulette Jiles, a journalist who was sent by the CBC to work in remote Northern Ontario.
Very interesting book! She was on the panel at a UND Writer's Conference.
Good info and one woman's experience of the north...related to Native culture. Written by a CBC guru.