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A Two-Spirit Journey

The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder

Ma-Nee Chacaby (author) Mary Louisa Plummer (With)

ISBN: 9780887552304

Publication Date: Sep 2019

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

A compelling, harrowing, but ultimately uplifting story of resilience and self-discovery, A Two-Spirit Journey is Ma-Nee Chacaby's extraordinary account of her life as an Ojibwa-Cree lesbian.
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A compelling, harrowing, but ultimately uplifting story of resilience and self-discovery.

A Two-Spirit Journey is Ma-Nee Chacaby's extraordinary account of her life as an Ojibwa-Cree lesbian. From her early, often harrowing memories of life and abuse in a remote Ojibwa community riven by poverty and alcoholism, Chacaby's story is one of enduring and ultimately overcoming the social, economic, and health legacies of colonialism. As a child, Chacaby learned spiritual and cultural traditions from her Cree grandmother and trapping, hunting, and bush survival skills from her Ojibwa stepfather. She also suffered physical and sexual abuse by different adults, and in her teen years became alcoholic herself. At twenty, Chacaby moved to Thunder Bay with her children to escape an abusive marriage. Abuse, compounded by racism, continued, but Chacaby found supports to help herself and others. Over the following decades, she achieved sobriety; trained and worked as an alcoholism counsellor; raised her children and fostered many others; learned to live with visual impairment; and came out as a lesbian. In 2013, Chacaby led the first gay pride parade in Thunder Bay.

Ma-Nee Chacaby has emerged from hardship grounded in faith, compassion, humour, and resilience. Her memoir provides unprecedented insights into the challenges still faced by many Indigenous people.
Pages 256
Dimensions 229 x 152 x 16
Date Published 30 Sep 2019
Publisher University of Manitoba Press
Series Critical Studies in Native History
Subject/s Indigenous peoples   Biography & True Stories   Gay studies (Gay men)   Lesbian studies  
  • Chapter 1 My Grandmother's and My Family's History in Manitoba and Ontario
  • Chapter 2 First Discoveries and Sorrows - My Early Childhood in Ombabika
  • Chapter 3 Seasonal Activities, First Friendships, and the Beginning of Addiction
  • Chapter 4 S chool, Teenage Friendship, and Having Two-Spirits
  • Chapter 5 Losing My Grandmother and My Mother, Becoming a Parent, and Surviving an Abusive Marriage
  • Chapter 6 Living and Parenting Before Sobriety
  • Chapter 7 Sobriety and Single Parenting
  • Chapter 8 Marrying by Choice, Working with Addicted Mothers, and Fostering Kids
  • Chapter 9 Coming Out, Falling in Love, and Living with Leah
  • Chapter 10 Single Life, Meeting Grace, and Building a Life Together
  • Chapter 11 Recovering from Post - Traumatic Stress Disorder and Becoming an Elder
  • Afterword - by Mary Louisa Plummer
Ma-Nee Chacaby is a Two-Spirit Ojibwa-Cree Elder. She was raised by her Cree grandmother in a remote Ojibwa community near Lake Nipigon, Ontario.

Mary Louisa Plummer is a social scientist and a long-time friend of Ma-Nee's. Much of her professional work has focused on public health and children's rights.

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