One Native Life

Richard Wagamese's memoir is about overcoming past trauma and reclaiming his identity.

Richard Wagamese

One Native Life is a look back down the road Richard Wagamese has traveled — from childhood abuse to adult alcoholism — in reclaiming his identity. It's about what he has learned as a human being, a man and an Ojibway in his 52 years on Earth. Whether he's writing about playing baseball, running away with the circus, making bannock or attending a sacred bundle ceremony, these are stories told in a healing spirit. Through them, Wagamese shows readers how to appreciate life for the journey it is. (From Douglas & McIntyre)

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From the book

The sublime moments in life are like the first push of light against the lip of a mountain. You watch that pink climb higher becoming brighter, slipping into magenta, then orange, and then into the crisp, hard yellow of morning. As the light changes, you can forget the pink that drew your eye, and it's on mornings when you see it again that you recall how it touched you, altered things for you, gave you cause to celebrate.

This book was born in the hush of mornings.

From One Native Life by Richard Wagamese ©2008. Published by Douglas & McIntyre.

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Featured VideoRichard Wagamese has had a successful career as a journalist and author. His books have earned him accolades across Canada. But he may never have become a writer, were it not for the kindness of a group of librarians in St. Catharines, Ontario.