Life Stages and Native Women: Memory, Teachings, and Story Medicine

Life Stages and Native Women: Memory, Teachings, and Story Medicine

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780887557262
Publisher: University of Manitoba Press
Publication date: 09/02/2011
Series: Critical Studies in Native History
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 639,360
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Kim Anderson is a Cree/Métis educator. She is an Associate Professor in Indigenous Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford, and is the author of A Recognition of Being: Reconstructing Native Womanhood, and is the co-editor, with Bonita Lawrence, of Strong Women Stories: Native Vision and Community Survival.

Maria Campbell is a distinguished Metis author, playwright, filmmaker, and Elder. Her works have been published in eight countries and translated into four languages. Her bestselling book, Halfbreed, continues to be taught in schools across Canada.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Maria Campbell / Introduction: Digging up the Medicines / Ch 1: Weaving Stories / Ch 2: People and Places / Ch 3: The Life Cycle Begins: From Conception to Walking / Ch 4: The “Good Life” and the “Fast Life”: Childhood and Youth / Ch 5: Adult Years: The Women’s Circle / Ch 6: Grandmothers and Elders / Ch 7: Bundling the Layers: Building on the Strengths of the Past to Take Us into the Future / Notes, Bibliography, Index

What People are Saying About This

Life Stages of Native Women - Foreword - Maria Cambell

“The elders that share stories in this book continue to give us a sense of place, a sense of safety, courage, and vision. Their stories make us laugh and teach us to be better people, families, and communities.... This book has been constructed from multiple layers of stories in that spirit of rebuilding, and *I am proud to be a part of it*.”

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