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A Two-Spirit Journey
A Two-Spirit Journey: The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder | Ma-Nee Chacaby
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A compelling, harrowing, but ultimately uplifting story of resilience and self-discovery. "A Two-Spirit Journey" is Ma-Nee Chacabys 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, Chacabys 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.
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Kenyazero
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A really well done and engaging memoir retelling a life filled with pain, hardship, and triumph. I highly recommend this read, but it comes with strong content warnings for alcoholism, drug use, child abuse, rape, assault, homophobia, racism, torture, domestic abuse, child death, and other content that may be difficult for some readers. #LGBTQ #FirstNations #Memoir #Nonfiction #Disabilities

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Did some audio painting today! Yes, I‘m still working on this project. I‘m not great at getting things done 😅 #AudioCrafting #LitsyCrafters #Painting

Sparklemn Are those CDs? 2y
Kenyazero @Sparklemn yes! I have a lot of old burned CDs or writeable CDs that haven‘t been filled, as well as a few badly damaged CDs, and I wasn‘t sure what to do with them all. 2y
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Clare-Dragonfly Aww, I love the shrooms! 2y
Kenyazero @Clare-Dragonfly thank you! I‘m working out how to ground them a little more. 2y
Catsandbooks So cute! 2y
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Trigger warning for everything. This is Ma-Nee Chacaby's memoir not just of her life as a lesbian Indigenous woman but also as a survivor of horrific abuse and addiction. It's an important read, but you'll want to proceed with caution if you've lived through anything similar.

The book also includes a detailed afterward about Indigenous told-to memoirs and how this particular account fits into the genre. #canada150 #queerbooks

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