Moon of the Crusted Snow, written by Waubgeshig Rice, is a novel that delves into the theme of resilience within the context of an Anishinaabe community facing a catastrophic power outage. The quotes from the book highlight the strength and determination of the characters as they navigate the challenges brought about by the sudden darkness and uncertainty.
In one of the quotes, an elder in the community reflects on the concept of apocalypse, emphasizing the community’s history of surviving various challenges. The elder notes that despite facing adversity repeatedly, the community has endured, and they will continue to do so even if the power and communication systems fail permanently. This quote captures the resilience ingrained in the community’s spirit and their ability to adapt to changing circumstances.
Here is a list of the quotes mentioned from “Moon of the Crusted Snow” by Waubgeshig Rice:
- “Yes, apocalypse. We’ve had that over and over. But we always survived. We’re still here. And we’ll still be here, even if the power and the radios don’t come back on and we never see any white people again.” – Waubgeshig Rice
- “Apocalypse?” “Yes, Apocalypse. We’ve had that over and over. But we always survived. We’re still here. And we’ll still be here, even if the power and the radios don’t come back on and we never see any white people ever again.” – Waubgeshig Rice
- “He promised to keep trying to live in a good way, despite the pull of negative influences around him. He finished his prayer with a resounding, solitary miigwech before putting the tobacco on the ground in front of the moose. This was his offering of gratitude to the Creator and Mother Earth for allowing him to take this life. As he took from the earth, he gave back. It was the Anishinaabe way, as he understood it.” – Part 1, Chapter 1
- “The truth is, Evan thought, these things do work better than they used to. High-speed internet access had been in the community for barely a year. It was provided by the band, but connected to servers in the South via satellite. Still, the fact that TV, phone, and internet were all down at once made Evan uneasy.” – Part 1, Chapter 3
- “‘Then I understood what was going on. We had put the burn on to try to get some moose in. I can’t remember the last time we had to do that around here. But everyone in my dream must have been hungry. No one was saying nothing. I looked over at you—’ He paused and turned to look at Evan. ‘You looked at me. You looked scared. And that’s when I woke up.’” – Part 1, Chapter 3
Another quote reflects on the historical trauma experienced by the community due to the intrusion of the Zhaagnaash (white people) into their original homeland. The elder narrates the displacement, loss of resources, and the repeated challenges faced by the community. Despite these hardships, the elder emphasizes the community’s ability to survive and adapt, reinforcing the theme of resilience.
The novel also explores the character of Evan Whitesky, who embodies resilience in the face of adversity. Evan’s commitment to traditional ways, such as hunting, becomes a crucial aspect of his resilience. The quote describing Evan’s prayer and offering before taking a moose’s life reflects his deep connection to ancestral traditions and his gratitude for the resources provided by the Creator and Mother Earth.
Additionally, the novel portrays the impact of modern infrastructure breakdown on the community. The quote discussing Evan’s unease when TV, phone, and internet services simultaneously fail highlights the community’s reliance on these systems and the challenges posed by their absence. Evan’s intuition proves correct as news from the south reveals the extent of the crisis, showcasing the importance of adapting to changing circumstances.
The provided quotes capture the essence of Moon of the Crusted Snow, emphasizing the resilience, strength, and adaptability of the Anishinaabe community. The characters’ ability to navigate through historical trauma, power outages, and external challenges reflects the novel’s exploration of the human spirit’s capacity to endure and persevere in the face of adversity.