Greying hair offers a point of departure for thinking about origins, histories, genealogies, and memories, and considers roots, rooting, and uprooting at material, mythical, and metaphorical levels.
Prompts and Activities
- In A Map to the Door of No Return: Notes to Belonging, Dionne Brand suggests “all origins are arbitrary” (2006, 64). What do you think Brand means by this? What does it mean to you?
Activity: Have a look through a family photo album, if possible, and consider the significance of place, memory, journeys, bodies, and desire. What stories do these photos tell? And what stories might you, yourself, imagine?
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