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Elder John R. Prosper and Settler Dorothy A. Lander

Mi’kmaw Fiddler Joe Marble Plays to St. Anne

A Etuaptmumk Two-Eyed Seeing Pilgrimage

Elder John R. Prosper and settler Dorothy A. Lander embark on a co-learning journey of truth and reconciliation, with all paths leading to St. Anne’s Church, Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation, Mi’kmaki. Then, vintage photos appear on social media of Mi’kmaw Fiddler Joe Marble, together with a 1939 article of his career as a virtuoso musician and devotee of St. Anne. This is just as the Indigenous delegation is meeting with Pope Francis to demand an apology for the role of the Catholic Church in the Indian Residential Schools in Canada. One of many coincidences. The co-authors come to see their collaboration as a pilgrimage. Joe Marble serves as a companion pilgrim, his life story running parallel to John R.’s and Dorothy’s reflections on Indigenous-Settler relations. John R. recounts his personal and family experience of the Shubenacadie Residential School and Dorothy owns the truth of the intergenerational influences of white supremacy and colonization in her family history.

HARP donates 80% of sales to the St. Anne’s Church Restoration Fund, Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation, Antigonish County, Nova Scotia, Mi’kmaki.


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