Richard Wagamese

the ferris wheel

When I was 17 the circus came to town and I ran away to join it. Well, it was a carnival actually, one of those mom and pop road shows you never see…

remembering shane rivers

There’s a romance to the feel of cold floorboards on bare feet. Just as there’s a romance to the snap, crackle and flame of the morning…

The picture is clearer when you’re centered

There’s an old-style TV antenna on the roof of our cabin in the mountains. One of these days, I need to climb up there and haul it down…

the way to arcturus

Sometimes at night, I’ll stand outside our cabin in the mountains and lean my head back to look at the stars.

the science of baking bannock

In the Ojibway world there’s two ways of doing things. One is the slow methodical Ojibway method and the other is the slow non-methodical…

learning ojibway returning from exile

I was 24 when the first Ojibway word rolled off my tongue. It felt all round and rolling, not like the spikey sound of English with all those…

learning ojibway returning from exile1

I was 24 when the first Ojibway word rolled off my tongue. It felt all round and rolling, not like the spikey sound of English with all those…

kissing billie draper

I fell in love when I was seven. I mean really and truly in love. It was the kind of rapturous love that changes the lighting in your world and…

Reaching Grandfather

My grandfather’s name was John Wagamese. Our family name, Wagamese, comes from an Ojibway phrase meaning ‘man walking by the crooked…

The Question

I hitchhiked across Canada for the first time when I was 17. It was 1973. The last vestiges of the hippie era still clung to the land and it was a…

Thank you, Joe Tacknyk

I had a hero when I was six. He wasn’t a hockey player, a rock star, a comic book hero or even a movie star.