Halfbreed / Edition 1

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Overview


"I write this for all of you, to tell you what it is like to be a Halfbreed woman in our country. I want to tell you about the joys and sorrows, the oppressing poverty, the frustration and the dreams. . . . I am not bitter. I have passed that stage. I only want to say: this is what it was like, this is what it is still like."

For Maria Campbell, a Métis ("Halfbreed") in Canada, the brutal realities of poverty, pain, and degradation intruded early and followed her every step. Her story is a harsh one, but it is told without bitterness or self-pity. It is a story that begins in 1940 in northern Saskatchewan and moves across Canada's West, where Maria roamed in the rootless existence of day-to-day jobs, drug addiction, and alcoholism. Her path strayed ever near hospital doors and prison walls.

It was Cheechum, her Cree great-grandmother, whose indomitable spirit sustained Maria Campbell through her most desperate times. Cheechum's stubborn dignity eventually led the author to take pride in her Métis heritage, and Cheechum's image inspired her in her drive for her own life, dignity; and purpose.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803263116
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1982
  • Edition description: 1st Bison book ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 157
  • Sales rank: 1,432,587
  • Product dimensions: 5.33 (w) x 7.99 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author


Maria Campbell lives in Saskatchewan.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2003

    Shows the pain of 'halfbreeds'

    I read this book for an English lit course in college and immediately identified with Maria's story because I, too, am a 'halfbreed' (Native American, Mexican, and African-American with a dash of Caucasian also). Only those who have such a myriad of races in their background can understand the unique pain we face as outsiders, even in today's 'accepting' culture. Racism and discrimination are rampant. I was very inspired by her story.

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