“Let’s get some munchies”
skoden is a word which means ‘let’s go then’, it is indigenous slang. A response could be stoodis or kayden. This humour was recognised by the internet and now lots of indigenous communities know of the slang from coast to coast. An Ojibway artist once spray painted the word on the Sudbury water tower on pearl street. The tower inspired memes on the internet, it’s most popularly used for a response to a proposed fight; ‘wanna fight’? ‘skoden’. Funny stuff.
Evan knows that there’s a pattern going on, first, his t.v is out along with his parents, then his mothers internet is out, and signal for the phones are out. Evan even caught himself zoning out while thinking about the phones. He explains that outages like this are regular, but he also seems to be a little worried. If I could ask Evan anything, I would ask if he had any initial thoughts of something bad coming? How long are these outages, and do they all go out at once (cable, internet, signal, etc.)? Evans father had a dream about starvation, I want to ask the author is they all felt that something was coming, even subconsciously. These are some questions I would ask because I feel like they all left the feeling of something bad coming and left it in the air to blow over; that is how I feel, and how I want someone to respond to my thoughts on the characters.
While reading Moon of The Crusted snow, I felt like I was reading a true story. The story revolves around Evan, who is an Anishinaabe on small reserve. On the reserve that is partially isolated, winter is coming hard and the band council struggle to maintain order while more visitors who expect to stay come rolling in. As the winter progresses, the reserve is unable to get in contact with the outside world, and people start to die off from sickness. The visitors see that growing hole of weakness in the people, and manipulate the surviving and hungry. Evan with the help of his friends and family help the community to thrive again in the time of despair.
I get the feeling of a true story from how real the situation is, and I think that the writer wanted the me to feel it too. Long ago, before my reserve was connected to every other town, my reserve was once like that too, partially isolated with little technology that’s just being installed. This situation, back then, could have happened, and who’s to say it didn’t? I feel as if the story’s setting is real, too real, it’s a place I can’t experience like most people, but unlike most people, i can understand because it was how my grandma, and her mother lived. Maybe with book doesn’t live up to other peoples expectations, but it meets mine. The situation in Moon of the Crusted Snow can seem unrealistic to some people, but to me I know just how realistic it was for my mom which is why it’s everything I expected with a little more adventure.
Evan talking about how it took so long to bring the moose in because of its large size reminds me of the time I was in the passenger seat while my dad was driving to Esponola, and the car in front of us was hauling a large deer at the back of the car. Me and dad knew that they were hunters like Evan and his community; some fresh blood was still surrounding the dead deer. Manitoulin Island is a place where people hunt, for some, it’s a way of life like Evans community. I can’t personally, but I know a good portion of my community can relate to Evans way of life, especially going back generations. My mom likes to tell me about how they would hunt. I wonder if the people hauling the deer made a prayer like Evan when he hunted the moose.
“Language is power, in ways more literal than we think. When we speak, we exercise the power of language to transform reality. Why don’t more of us realize the connection between language and power?” (Julia Penelope).
In the short story, “The Island” by K. Sohail, our character can’t communicate with the police, and social worker; they talk, but they can’t understand each other. He has different ambitions than the police and social worker, or did he even have any? They understood his words, but couldn’t comprehend what they meant.
The way we talk, our language, influences how we think. Language shows the way we see the world and affects how the world sees us; it’s our lens. Our character sees the police and the social worker differently as they see themselves and vice versa. They see the world differently, and their words transform their perspectives into reality. Words hold power, It’s just a matter of whose words hold more power to stand their ground on how they see the word, and how they wield it.