Dr. Lynn Gehl’s Truth that Wampum Tells

Gehl with book


Author and Indigenous Knowledge scholar Dr. Lynn Gehl returned to Indigenous Waves this week to discuss her latest book, The Truth that Wampum Tells.

Lynn is an Algonquin Anishinaabe-kwe from the Ottawa River Valley, Ontario, Canada. She
describes herself as a learner-researcher, thinker, writer, Black Face blogger, and she has been an Indigenous human rights advocate for 25 years. Lynn works to eliminate the continued sex discrimination in the Indian Act, and she is also an outspoken critic of the contemporary land claims and self-government process. She has a doctorate in Indigenous Studies, a Master of Arts in Canadian and Native Studies, and an undergraduate degree in Anthropology. She also has a diploma in Chemical Technology and worked in the field of environmental science for 12 years in the area of toxic organic analysis of Ontario’s waterways. While advocating for change is currently part of what she does, she is also interested in traditional knowledge systems that guide the Anishinaabeg forward to a good life. Along with many journal and community publications, she has three books:

 Anishinaabeg Stories: Featuring Petroglyphs, Petrographs, and Wampum Belts
 The Truth that Wampum Tells: My Debwewin on the Algonquin Land Claims Process
 Mkadengwe: Sharing Canada’s Colonial Process through Black Face Methodology



Che Christ – Mother’s Song

Ulali – All My Relations

Leonard Sumner – Best of Me

Black Lodge – Crow Hop

Alo White – Honour Song (via Jack Starr)

Buffy Sainte-Marie – Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee

A Tribe Called Red – Red Skin Girl


Originally Aired Monday June 2, 2014

Photo Credit: Lynn Gehl, Fernwood Publishing

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