I Am Woman

Lee Maracle

I Am Woman

One of the foremost Indigenous writers in North America, Lee Maracle links her First Nations heritage with feminism in this visionary book. (From Press Gang Publishers)

First published in 1988, I Am Woman remains a seminal book on racism and feminism in Canada. Maracle confronts the legacy of colonialism with academic precision and seeks to empower Indigenous women and girls.

Maracle is the author of several acclaimed works of fiction, including Ravensong and Celia's Song, as well as nonfiction and poetry.

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Excerpt:

Scribble... scribble... scribble... I gathered up a host of paper napkins, brown bags and other deadwood paraphernalia on which I had scribbled the stories that people gave me. Scribbled sitting in the back of buses, inside grungy restaurants and in the audiences of large gatherings. Typed out the scribbles between the demands of young children and worked them up for publication until finally they made their way to the printer.

On all these scraps are written the stories of people of my passion. In the early years of my political activism the passion expressed itself as a virulent hatred for the system which destroyed our lives, our families; today, the passion expresses itself as deep caring. I resisted publishing for a long time, not because I lacked confidence in the words scribbled on my scraps of paper - the voices of the unheard cannot help but be of value - but how can one squeeze one's loved ones small, onto the pages of a three-dimensional rectangle, empty of their form, minus their favourite colours and the rhythm of the music that moves them?


From I Am Woman by Lee Maracle ©1988. Published by Press Gang.