Life Stages and Native Women Book

Life Stages and Native Women


  • Author : Kim Anderson
  • Publisher : Univ. of Manitoba Press
  • Release Date : 2012-08-20
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9780887554162

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Life Stages and Native Women Excerpt :

A rare and inspiring guide to the health and well-being of Aboriginal women and their communities.The process of “digging up medicines” - of rediscovering the stories of the past - serves as a powerful healing force in the decolonization and recovery of Aboriginal communities. In Life Stages and Native Women, Kim Anderson shares the teachings of fourteen elders from the Canadian prairies and Ontario to illustrate how different life stages were experienced by Metis, Cree, and Anishinaabe girls and women during the mid-twentieth century. These elders relate stories about their own lives, the experiences of girls and women of their childhood communities, and customs related to pregnancy, birth, post-natal care, infant and child care, puberty rites, gender and age-specific work roles, the distinct roles of post-menopausal women, and women’s roles in managing death. Through these teachings, we learn how evolving responsibilities from infancy to adulthood shaped women’s identities and place within Indigenous society, and were integral to the health and well-being of their communities. By understanding how healthy communities were created in the past, Anderson explains how this traditional knowledge can be applied toward rebuilding healthy Indigenous communities today.

Indigenous Men and Masculinities Book

Indigenous Men and Masculinities


  • Author : Robert Alexander Innes
  • Publisher : Univ. of Manitoba Press
  • Release Date : 2015-11-06
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 328
  • ISBN 10 : 9780887554773

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Indigenous Men and Masculinities Excerpt :

What do we know of masculinities in non-patriarchal societies? Indigenous peoples of the Americas and beyond come from traditions of gender equity, complementarity, and the sacred feminine, concepts that were unimaginable and shocking to Euro-western peoples at contact. "Indigenous Men and Masculinities", edited by Kim Anderson and Robert Alexander Innes, brings together prominent thinkers to explore the meaning of masculinities and being a man within such traditions, further examining the colonial disruption and imposition of patriarchy on Indigenous men. Building on Indigenous knowledge systems, Indigenous feminism, and queer theory, the sixteen essays by scholars and activists from Canada, the U.S., and New Zealand open pathways for the nascent field of Indigenous masculinities. The authors explore subjects of representation through art and literature, as well as Indigenous masculinities in sport, prisons, and gangs. "Indigenous Men and Masculinities" highlights voices of Indigenous male writers, traditional knowledge keepers, ex-gang members, war veterans, fathers, youth, two-spirited people, and Indigenous men working to end violence against women. It offers a refreshing vision toward equitable societies that celebrate healthy and diverse masculinities.

Living on the Land Book

Living on the Land


  • Author : Nathalie Kermoal
  • Publisher : Athabasca University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-07-04
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 228
  • ISBN 10 : 9781771990417

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Living on the Land Excerpt :

From a variety of methodological perspectives, contributors to Living on the Land explore the nature and scope of Indigenous women’s knowledge, its rootedness in relationships, both human and spiritual, and its inseparability from land and landscape. The authors discuss the integral role of women as stewards of the land and governors of the community and points to a distinctive set of challenges and possibilities for Indigenous women and their communities.

Indigenous Women and Feminism Book

Indigenous Women and Feminism


  • Author : Cheryl Suzack
  • Publisher : UBC Press
  • Release Date : 2011-01-01
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 344
  • ISBN 10 : 9780774818094

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Indigenous Women and Feminism Excerpt :

Can the specific concerns of Indigenous women be addressed by mainstream feminism? Indigenous Women and Feminism proposes that a dynamic new line of inquiry – Indigenous feminism – is necessary to truly engage with the crucial issues of cultural identity, nationalism, and decolonization particular to Indigenous contexts. Through the lenses of politics, activism, and culture, this wide-ranging collection crosses disciplinary, national, academic, and activist boundaries to explore deeply the unique political and social positions of Indigenous women. A vital and sophisticated discussion, these timely essays will change the way we think about modern feminism and Indigenous women.

Women and Power in Native North America Book

Women and Power in Native North America


  • Author : Laura F. Klein
  • Publisher : University of Oklahoma Press
  • Release Date : 1995
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 294
  • ISBN 10 : 0806132418

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Women and Power in Native North America Excerpt :

Power is understood to be manifested in a multiplicity of ways: through cosmology, economic control, and formal hierarchy. In the Native societies examined, power is continually created and redefined through individual life stages and through the history of the society. The important issue is autonomy - whether, or to what extent, individuals are autonomous in living their lives. Each author demonstrates that women in a particular cultural area of aboriginal North America had (and have) more power than many previous observers have claimed.

Restoring the Balance Book

Restoring the Balance


  • Author : Gail Guthrie Valaskakis
  • Publisher : Univ. of Manitoba Press
  • Release Date : 2011-07-15
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9780887554124

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Restoring the Balance Excerpt :

First Nations peoples believe the eagle flies with a female wing and a male wing, showing the importance of balance between the feminine and the masculine in all aspects of individual and community experiences. Centuries of colonization, however, have devalued the traditional roles of First Nations women, causing a great gender imbalance that limits the abilities of men, women, and their communities in achieving self-actualization.Restoring the Balance brings to light the work First Nations women have performed, and continue to perform, in cultural continuity and community development. It illustrates the challenges and successes they have had in the areas of law, politics, education, community healing, language, and art, while suggesting significant options for sustained improvement of individual, family, and community well-being. Written by fifteen Aboriginal scholars, activists, and community leaders, Restoring the Balance combines life histories and biographical accounts with historical and critical analyses grounded in traditional thought and approaches. It is a powerful and important book.

I Am Woman Book
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I Am Woman


  • Author : Lee Maracle
  • Publisher : Global Professional Publishi
  • Release Date : 1996
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 142
  • ISBN 10 : 0889740593

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I Am Woman Excerpt :

One of the foremost Native writers in North America, Lee Maracle links her First Nations heritage with feminism in this visionary book. "Maracle has created a book of true wisdom, intense pride, sisterhood and love." -Milestones Review

Iskwewak Kah    Ki Yaw Ni Wahkomakanak Book

Iskwewak Kah Ki Yaw Ni Wahkomakanak


  • Author : Janice Acoose
  • Publisher : Canadian Scholars’ Press
  • Release Date : 2016-02-05
  • Genre: Canadian literature
  • Pages : 120
  • ISBN 10 : 9780889615762

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Iskwewak Kah Ki Yaw Ni Wahkomakanak Excerpt :

Now in its second edition, this groundbreaking work of literary and cultural criticism analyzes representations of Indigenous women in Canadian literature. By deconstructing stereotypical images of the “Indian princess” and “easy squaw,” Janice Acoose calls attention to the racist and sexist depictions of Indigenous women in popular literature. Blending personal narrative and literary criticism, this revised edition draws a strong connection between the persistent negative cultural attitudes fostered by those stereotypical representations and the missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. Acoose decolonizes written English by interweaving her own story with reflections on the self-determination of her female ancestors and by highlighting influential Indigenous female writers who have resisted cultural stereotypes and reclaimed the literary field as their own. This important text urges both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to move beyond words to challenge the harmful attitudes that condone violence against Indigenous women. Thoroughly updated and featuring new photographs, questions for critical thought, and a discussion of Indigenous women’s literary voices that have emerged in the past twenty years, the second edition of Iskwewak is an invaluable resource for students and teachers of Indigenous studies, women’s studies, and literature.

Injichaag  My Soul in Story Book

Injichaag My Soul in Story


  • Author : Rene Meshake
  • Publisher : Univ. of Manitoba Press
  • Release Date : 2019-10-11
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 281
  • ISBN 10 : 9780887558498

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Injichaag My Soul in Story Excerpt :

This book shares the life story of Anishinaabe artist Rene Meshake in stories, poetry, and Anishinaabemowin “word bundles” that serve as a dictionary of Ojibwe poetics. Meshake was born in the railway town of Nakina in northwestern Ontario in 1948, and spent his early years living off-reserve with his grandmother in a matriarchal land-based community he calls Pagwashing. He was raised through his grandmother’s “bush university,” periodically attending Indian day school, but at the age of ten Rene was scooped into the Indian residential school system, where he suffered sexual abuse as well as the loss of language and connection to family and community. This residential school experience was lifechanging, as it suffocated his artistic expression and resulted in decades of struggle and healing. Now in his twenty-eighth year of sobriety, Rene is a successful multidisciplinary artist, musician and writer. Meshake’s artistic vision and poetic lens provide a unique telling of a story of colonization and recovery. The material is organized thematically around a series of Meshake’s paintings. It is framed by Kim Anderson, Rene’s Odaanisan (adopted daughter), a scholar of oral history who has worked with Meshake for two decades. Full of teachings that give a glimpse of traditional Anishinaabek lifeways and worldviews, Injichaag: My Soul in Story is “more than a memoir.”

Indigenous Women and Work Book

Indigenous Women and Work


  • Author : Carol Williams
  • Publisher : University of Illinois Press
  • Release Date : 2012-10-30
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780252094262

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Indigenous Women and Work Excerpt :

The essays in Indigenous Women and Work create a transnational and comparative dialogue on the history of the productive and reproductive lives and circumstances of Indigenous women from the late nineteenth century to the present in the United States, Australia, New Zealand/Aotearoa, and Canada. Surveying the spectrum of Indigenous women's lives and circumstances as workers, both waged and unwaged, the contributors offer varied perspectives on the ways women's work has contributed to the survival of communities in the face of ongoing tensions between assimilation and colonization. They also interpret how individual nations have conceived of Indigenous women as workers and, in turn, convert these assumptions and definitions into policy and practice. The essays address the intersection of Indigenous, women's, and labor history, but will also be useful to contemporary policy makers, tribal activists, and Native American women's advocacy associations. Contributors are Tracey Banivanua Mar, Marlene Brant Castellano, Cathleen D. Cahill, Brenda J. Child, Sherry Farrell Racette, Chris Friday, Aroha Harris, Faye HeavyShield, Heather A. Howard, Margaret D. Jacobs, Alice Littlefield, Cybèle Locke, Mary Jane Logan McCallum, Kathy M'Closkey, Colleen O'Neill, Beth H. Piatote, Susan Roy, Lynette Russell, Joan Sangster, Ruth Taylor, and Carol Williams.

The World We Used to Live In Book
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The World We Used to Live In


  • Author : Vine Deloria Jr.
  • Publisher : Fulcrum Publishing
  • Release Date : 2016-01-01
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781555918477

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The World We Used to Live In Excerpt :

In his final work, the great and beloved Native American scholar Vine Deloria Jr. takes us into the realm of the spiritual and reveals through eyewitness accounts the immense power of medicine men. The World We Used To Live In, a fascinating collection of anecdotes from tribes across the country, explores everything from healing miracles and scared rituals to Navajos who could move the sun. In this compelling work, which draws upon a lifetime of scholarship, Deloria shows us how ancient powers fit into our modern understanding of science and the cosmos, and how future generations may draw strength from the old ways.

Spirit Gifting Book

Spirit Gifting


  • Author : Elmer Ghostkeeper
  • Publisher : Writing on Stone PressInc
  • Release Date : 2007-02-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 124
  • ISBN 10 : 0978130936

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Spirit Gifting Excerpt :

Elmer Ghostkeeper has created a powerful piece of writing in Spirit Gifting. It provides a new path through a traditional Metis worldview to holistic wellness. Spirit Gifting contrasts this traditional worldview with Western Scientific knowledge to provide a model of self-discovery and individual revitalization, something that more and more of us are seeking. It is a reflection of a life lived by nature's calendar; a refreshing change from the ninety mile an hour treadmill most of us find ourselves on. This first person narrative is teeming with life; from his description of birch tree sapping to berry picking time. You can taste the syrup in your mouth, or feel the chill of the slough as you read. His description of a time when humans worked with the land, with life, makes it abundantly clear, that in our rush to support progress with machines and ever more power, we have lost our respect for life. It was quietly left behind. Spirit Gifting suggests we look at what we've lost, honour life and nature and all the gifts they provide, and quietly bring that respect back into our lives. Join Elmer Ghostkeeper, as he explores his early years of living with the land rather than off the land. This book is for Metis, Native and Non-Native people looking for a way to revitalize their sprituality, and to learn how to connect with the Earth and its Creator. Elmer Ghostkeeper, a successful academic and businessman, grew up on a farm on the Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement in Alberta, Canada. His family worked with the land using horses rather than mechanized farm vehicles. Learn how their syncretic spirituality supported their lives and livelihoods, and how it can improve your life and livelihood.

Tell the Driver Book

Tell the Driver


  • Author : Julie Vandervoort
  • Publisher : Univ. of Manitoba Press
  • Release Date : 1992-01-15
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 328
  • ISBN 10 : 9780887553691

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Tell the Driver Excerpt :

A biography of Dr. Elinor Black (1905-1982), the first Canadian woman to gain membership in the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in London.

We Are Dancing for You Book

We Are Dancing for You


  • Author : Cutcha Risling Baldy
  • Publisher : University of Washington Press
  • Release Date : 2018-04-06
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 216
  • ISBN 10 : 9780295743455

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We Are Dancing for You Excerpt :

�I am here. You will never be alone. We are dancing for you.� So begins Cutcha Risling Baldy�s deeply personal account of the revitalization of the women�s coming-of-age ceremony for the Hoopa Valley Tribe. At the end of the twentieth century, the tribe�s Flower Dance had not been fully practiced for decades. The women of the tribe, recognizing the critical importance of the�tradition, undertook its revitalization using the memories of elders and medicine women and details found in museum archives, anthropological records, and oral histories. Deeply rooted in Indigenous knowledge, Risling Baldy brings us the voices of people transformed by�cultural�revitalization, including the accounts of young women who have participated in the Flower Dance. Using a framework of Native feminisms, she locates this revival within a broad context of decolonizing praxis and considers how this renaissance of�women�s coming-of-age�ceremonies confounds ethnographic depictions of Native women; challenges anthropological theories about menstruation, gender, and coming-of-age; and addresses gender inequality and gender violence within Native communities.

Returning to Ceremony Book

Returning to Ceremony


  • Author : Chantal Fiola
  • Publisher : Univ. of Manitoba Press
  • Release Date : 2021-10-08
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780887559358

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Returning to Ceremony Excerpt :

Returning to Ceremony is the follow-up to Chantal Fiola’s award-winning Rekindling the Sacred Fire and continues her ground-breaking examination of Métis spirituality, debunking stereotypes such as “all Métis people are Catholic,” and “Métis people do not go to ceremonies.” Fiola finds that, among the Métis, spirituality exists on a continuum of Indigenous and Christian traditions, and that Métis spirituality includes ceremonies. For some Métis, it is a historical continuation of the relationships their ancestral communities have had with ceremonies since time immemorial, and for others, it is a homecoming – a return to ceremony after some time away. Fiola employs a Métis-specific and community-centred methodology to gather evidence from archives, priests’ correspondence, oral history, storytelling, and literature. With assistance from six Métis community researchers, Fiola listened to stories and experiences shared by thirty-two Métis from six Manitoba Métis communities that are at the heart of this book. They offer insight into their families’ relationships with land, community, culture, and religion, including factors that inhibit or nurture connection to ceremonies such as sweat lodge, Sundance, and the Midewiwin. Valuable profiles emerge for six historic Red River Métis communities (Duck Bay, Camperville, St Laurent, St François-Xavier, Ste Anne, and Lorette), providing a clearer understanding of identity, culture, and spirituality that uphold Métis Nation sovereignty.