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Book Review: ‘Visions of the Crow’ an important story of identity

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Reviewed by Alex Hebert

Visions of the Crow offers a powerful and evocative exploration of identity, trauma, and healing through the lens of Indigenous experiences. Author Wanda John-Kehewin, who is Cree and French, draws on her own experiences as well as her heritage to create a deeply moving and personal work that speaks to universal themes.

One of the strengths of this book is the way that John-Kehewin uses language to create vivid and sensory images. Her use of metaphor and symbolism is especially effective, inviting readers to engage with the poems on multiple levels. The themes of nature, spirituality, and connection to the land are also prominent throughout the collection and lend a sense of grounding and depth to the work. This graphic novel is beautifully illustrated by nicole marie burton.

Another notable aspect of this book is its emotional resonance. John-Kehewin’s poetry is often raw and deeply felt, offering a window into experiences of trauma, grief, and healing. However, the poems also convey a sense of resilience and hope, emphasizing the importance of community, tradition, and connection to one’s cultural roots in the process of healing.

Overall, Visions of the Crow is a powerful and thought-provoking graphic novel that speaks to the complexity of Indigenous experiences in Canada and beyond. John-Kehewin’s use of language, imagery, and personal experience makes this work a valuable addition to contemporary Indigenous literature.

Wanda John-Kehewin and illustrated by nicole marie burton, Visions of the Crow. Manitoba: HighWater Press, 2023.
ISBN 9781774920459

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