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A Recognition of Being: Reconstructing Native Womanhood

Kim Anderson
Format
Book
Published
Toronto : Women's Press, 2016.
Edition
Second edition
Language
English
Series
CSPI Series in Indigenous Studies
ISBN
9780889615793, 0889615799
Summary
"Over 15 years ago, Kim Anderson set out to explore how Indigenous womanhood had been constructed and reconstructed in Canada, weaving her own journey as a Cree/Métis woman with the insights, knowledge, and stories of the forty Indigenous women she interviewed. The result was A Recognition of Being, a powerful work that identified both the painful legacy of colonialism and the vital potential of self-definition. In this second edition, Anderson revisits her groundbreaking text to include recent literature on Indigenous feminism and two-spirited theory and to document the efforts of Indigenous women to resist heteropatriarchy. Beginning with a look at the positions of women in traditional Indigenous societies and their status after colonization, this text shows how Indigenous women have since resisted imposed roles, reclaimed their traditions, and reconstructed a powerful Native womanhood. Featuring a new foreword by Maria Campbell and an updated closing dialogue with Bonita Lawrence, this revised edition will be a vital text for courses in women and gender studies and Indigenous studies as well as an important resource for anyone committed to the process of decolonization."--
Contents
  • Story of the storyteller
  • Working with notions of tradition and culture
  • Literary and oral resources
  • The dismantling of gender equity
  • Marriage, divorce, and family life
  • The construction of a negative identity
  • Foundations of resistance
  • Acts of resistance
  • Attitudes of resistance
  • Our human relations
  • Relating to creation
  • The individual
  • Family
  • Community and nation
  • Creation
  • Nurturing self
  • Nurturing the future
  • Concluding dialogue: Kim Anderson and Bonita Lawrence.
Description
xxviii, 330 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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