In My Own Moccasins
Helen Knott, a highly accomplished Indigenous woman, seems to have it all. But in her memoir, she offers a different perspective. In My Own Moccasins is an unflinching account of addiction, intergenerational trauma and the wounds brought on by sexual violence. It is also the story of sisterhood, the power of ceremony, the love of family and the possibility of redemption.
With gripping moments of withdrawal, times of spiritual awareness, and historical insights going back to the signing of Treaty 8 by her great-great grandfather, Chief Bigfoot, her journey exposes the legacy of colonialism, while reclaiming her spirit. (From University of Regina Press)
Helen Knott is a poet and writer of Dane Zaa, Nehiyaw, and Euro descent. In My Own Moccasins is her first book.
In My Own Moccasins was on the 2020 RBC Taylor Prize longlist.
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