The Outside Circle was a trot into the archives of a less talked about history


This graphic novel published by The House of Anansi (2015) was an educative read. The art was moving, and the story brave and simple. The Outside circle stands for the warriors who protect their clan from the circumference, the vanguards. The story is about two Aboriginal brothers coping with the trauma of their past and making peace with it; rehabilitating with others (through healing ceremonies) to forge positive futures.  This work comes from the research of a Metis woman who has spent 20 years researching traumatised natives, incarcerated for a range of crimes including gang violence and drug induced crimes. This book in all its artistry and truthtelling is a blessing.


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