This reading guide is designed to accompany author Simon J. Ortiz and illustrator Sharol Graves’s book The People Shall Continue: 40th Anniversary Special Edition We hold the belief that anti-racist practice is a process of learning (and unlearning) over time. Reading Is Resistance sees reading as an opportunity to seed deeper conversations and possibilities for action around racial justice.
Lesson content was written by Zapoura Newton-Calvert and was designed to start and deepen anti-bias/anti-racist conversations in families and other learning communities.
COLONIZATION, INDIGENEITY, DECOLONIZATION, HISTORY
A powerful counternarrative to the “Thanksgiving” myth, The People Shall Continue is a poem honoring the People Indigenous to Turtle Island. It is also a reminder of the real history of settler colonization and the violence and harm caused by and continued by settlers. Ortiz doesn’t end there but instead provides us with a vision of centering Indigenous voices, listening to Indigenous elders and learning to acknowledge, take responsibility for , and heal the wounds and pain colonization brought to this land.