Living Resistance; A Book Review
By Brandon Brown
In the new book, Living Resistance: An Indigenous Vision for Seeking Wholeness Everyday Kaitlin Curtice imagines a way to find grounding and resist the prevailing and harmful actions we often feel must be taken in our culture. Curtice provides practical exercises and encourages the reader to take time to complete actions, think about the chapter, and take part in practices that will help to resist. Curtice explains the idea fo resistance within the book;
This book is titled Living Resistance for a number of reasons. First, resistance itself is a living, breathing being—when we enter into the flow of resistance, we enter into a sacred, embodied, connected way of being that brings freedom and wholeness.
Second, living is an active, ongoing, cyclical embodiment. When we choose to live resistance, we are choosing to practice it with all that we are and all that we have. This is what it means to be human. This is how we understand stories and histories. This is how we hold space for one another and for Mother Earth.
The land and the resistance to a colonial mindset are important to understanding and engaging in Living Resistance. Curtice gently engages us in a story and way of thinking about living that is different. Is this for everyone? No, but everyone can have our eyes opened to other ways of thinking about living in our world. A way more connected to our planet, our land, and ourselves.