Life Stages and Native Women

Life Stages and Native Women

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A rare and inspiring guide to the health and well-being of Aboriginal women and their communities.The process of a€œdigging up medicinesa€ - 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 womena€™s roles in managing death. Through these teachings, we learn how evolving responsibilities from infancy to adulthood shaped womena€™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.In Contact Zones: Aboriginal and Settler Women in Canadaa#39;s Colonial Past, editedby Katie Pickles and Myra Rutherdale. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2005. a€“. a€œ Categories and Terrainsof Exclusion: Constructing the a#39;Indian Womana#39; in the Earlyanbsp;...

Title:Life Stages and Native Women
Author: Kim Anderson
Publisher:Univ. of Manitoba Press - 2012-08-20

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