Wordfest presents Wab Kinew: Go Show the World
Inspired by President Barack Obama’s Of Thee I Sing, author and musician Wab Kinew presents a tribute to historic and modern-day Indigenous heroes, featuring important figures such as Tecumseh, Sacagawea, and former NASA astronaut John Herrington.
About Wab Kinew
Wab Kinew is a musician and former journalist who is now an elected Member of the Legislative Assembly and head of the Manitoba New Democratic Party, in Canada. He was associate vice-president for Indigenous Affairs at the University of Winnipeg, worked in television in the U.S. and Canada, and is the author of the award-winning memoir, The Reason You Walk. Kinew is a member of the Midewin and an honorary witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. He lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with his family. Go Show the World is his first picture book.
Go Show the World
Celebrating the stories of Indigenous people throughout time, Wab Kinew has created a powerful rap song, the lyrics of which are the basis for the text in this beautiful picture book, illustrated by the acclaimed Joe Morse. Including figures such as Crazy Horse, Net-no-kwa, former NASA astronaut John Herrington, and Canadian NHL goalie Carey Price, Go Show the World showcases a diverse group of Indigenous people in both the U.S. and Canada – the more well known and the not-so-widely recognized. Individually, their stories, though briefly touched on, are inspiring; collectively, they empower the reader with this message:
“We are people who matter, yes, it’s true; now let’s show the world what people who matter can do.”