Taking Back Our Spirits

Taking Back Our Spirits

Indigenous Literature, Public Policy, and Healing

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Taking Back Our Spirits traces the link between Canadian public policies, the injuries they have inflicted on Indigenous people, and Indigenous literature’s ability to heal individuals and communities.

From the earliest settler policies to deal with the “Indian problem,” to contemporary government-run programs ostensibly designed to help Indigenous people, public policy has played a major role in creating the historical trauma that so greatly impacts the lives of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples. Taking Back Our Spirits traces the link between Canadian public policies, the injuries they have inflicted on Indigenous people, and Indigenous literature’s ability to heal individuals and communities. Episkenew examines contemporary autobiography, fiction, and drama to reveal how these texts respond to and critique public policy, and how literature functions as “medicine” to help cure the colonial contagion.


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Episkenew (English, First Nations U. of Canada) is a member of the Riel Local of the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan. She explains how Indigenous literature responds to and critiques the policies of the Government of Canada, but also functions as a medicine to help cure the colonial contagion by healing the communities that these policies have injured. The master narrative of the nation-state valorizes settlers and misrepresents or excludes Indigenous people, she says, but Indigenous stories provide a counter to that by acknowledging and validating Indigenous people's experience, filling in the gaps, and correcting the falsehoods of the master narrative. Her topics include myth, policy, and health; policies of devastation; personal and healing stories; moving beyond the personal myth; and theater that heals wounded communities. Some of the material has been published in earlier form. Distributed in the US by Michigan State University Press. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Winnipeg [Man.] : University of Manitoba Press, Ă2009 (Saint-Lazare, Quebec : Canadian Electronic Library, 2010)
ISBN: 9780887553684
0887553680
0887557104
9780887557101
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 247 pages)

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