Author Archives: Hawa Y Mire



Hawa Y Mire

Hawa Y. Mire is a diasporic Somali storyteller, writer, and strategist who focuses on themes of Blackness and Indigeniety, (dis)connection and (un)belonging. Her writing is seated somewhere between oral tradition and the written word, celestial and myth, past and present, ancestry and spirit. An MES candidate in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, her research incorporates traditional Somali stories with discourses of constructed identity while pulling from archival histories of resistance and radical curatorial practises.

Rooting in East African Soil
in Blog, Dispatches

Rooting in East African Soil

Dispatches, No. 3 Arusha I have just landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya for a three month extended stay in Arusha, Tanzania. As I walk out the airplane doors I am greeted by the familiarity of dense air mingling with the dust that comes just before the rain. I can’t stop the smile that bursts across my face. As I walk...

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13 Aug 2015
Who Came Before the Somali? Pt. II
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Who Came Before the Somali? Pt. II

Earlier this month I put up a post that shares a story, I would argue, is central to how we understand Somali personhood. As we examine further the story of the two brothers, one who eats unclean meat we must go beyond the story’s meaning. It is critical to consider what the story does, the function it serves in its retelling. Firstly, the eating of ritually impure meat...

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10 Jul 2015
Who Came Before the Somali? Pt. I
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Who Came Before the Somali? Pt. I

By now there should be no real surprise that I am fascinated by orality and its connection to Somali personhood. Taking back Somali narratives requires a careful deconstruction and reframing of the very stories we believe to be true especially those that have become part of the fabric of who we consider ourselves to be as Somalis. So what are the stories we don’t examine...

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01 Jul 2015
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