“Peaceful Warrior: Annish’s Journey” By Jan Porter
Moose Hide Books, 2011
Peaceful Warrior, the debut novella by Kawartha’s amazing Jan Porter, ordained minister, writer and community catalyst, is a coming-of-age tale for the youthful spirit in all of us. With her quirky prose style, Jan imagines a magical time and place, rich in indigenous knowledge and meaning. The young heroine Annish belongs to a tribal culture that lives in harmony with nature and honours the interconnectivity and sacredness of all life. She is in the process of discovering herself as an adult, and in recognizing her own unique path and power. Annish must summon the courage to defy the gender expectations of her community and express her true self as a Warrior-Hunter. She dreams Warrior dreams, petitions the Creator, communes with the Ancestors, speaks with the animal spirit helpers, creates her own songs, rituals and evocations - all without any teachings or instruction from the Hunter Society. Through her fiction Jan is reminding us of universal truth and that great gifts come to those who revere the balance of Mother Earth and embody their own authenticity. Ultimately, Annish receives powerful spiritual teachings linked to her ancestral lineage that honour her unique abilities and contributions, and define her place within the community and Great Wheel of Life. Coming into her power as “Peaceful Warrior Woman” Annish learns, as we all must, that the Way of the Heart is the only true path.
Book launches, signings and meet the author at “November Arts & Music Fest” Nov. 11 at the Craftsman Restaurant north of Apsley, Chapters Peterborough Nov. 12 and Titles Bookstore Peterborough Dec. 10. See Rev Jan’s website at www.inspiredsoulworks.com for details.
The Link magazine
"brilliant artwork sings of the power of the feminine soul and body. A song of protection and procreative power. A song of abundance.” Margot Van Sluytman/Raven Speaks, Palabras Press
Lakefield Herald newspaper, Lakefield, Ontario, Canada
Friday November 4, 2011
By: Jamie Steel
Author always felt Lakefield was homeby Jamie SteelIt didn’t matter that she spent 20 years living near the Bruce Peninsula, Lakefield has always been home to author Jan Porter.
Moving to the village three years ago made it official, but since she was a child Porter has been spending her summers in the area and has always felt at home here.
Her connection with Lakefield is not unlike her connection with First Nations communities. Though the circumstances surrounding her family background carry a sense of mystery with them, Porter says her great grandfather married the daughter of a Native chief. However, the author’s affinity with native culture long precedes her knowledge of her great grandfather’s relationship.
“We all have indigenous bits of ancestry floating around in our DNA,” Porter says.
“I think nature spirituality belongs to everybody.”
Since she was a young girl, Porter’s favourite subject to read about has always been the Native culture. Perhaps it was her love of the outdoors, of nature that drew her to the subject. Then again, it could have been her love of the subject that sparked her interest in nature.
Whatever the case, it’s now not only a part of who she is but who her children, JD and Mardti, are, as well as the people who read her second book, Peaceful Warrior, Annish’s Journey, being released on Nov. 12 at Chapters in Peterborough.
The book follows a young, native woman through her journey to self-realization as she pursues her dream of becoming a hunter warrior.
Chapters on Lansdowne Street will be hosting the Saturday release from 1-3 p.m., following the evening launch on Nov. 11 at Craftsman Restaurant from 6-10 p.m..
As for what comes next for Annish, the book’s protagonist, Porter says despite her hesitation earlier this year, there will be a sequel.
“The story is starting to come to me now,” she says.
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