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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