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A Recognition of Being


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Table of Contents

  • Foreword, Maria Campbell
  • Preface to the New Edition
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Part I: Setting Out
  • Chapter 1: Story of the Storyteller
  • Chapter 2: Working with Notions of Tradition and Culture
  • Chapter 3: Literary and Oral Resources
  • Part II: Looking Back: The Colonization Of Native Womanhood
  • Chapter 4: The Dismantling of Gender Equity
  • Chapter 5: Marriage, Divorce and Family Life
  • Chapter 6: The Construction of a Negative Identity
  • Part III: Resist
  • Chapter 7: Foundations of Resistance
  • Chapter 8: Acts of Resistance
  • Chapter 9: Attitudes of Resistance
  • Part IV: Reclaim
  • Chapter 10: Our Human Relations
  • Chapter 11: Relating to Creation
  • Part V: Construct
  • Chapter 12: The Individual
  • Chapter 13: Family
  • Chapter 14: Community and Nation
  • Chapter 15: Creation
  • Part VI: Act
  • Chapter 16: Nurturing Self
  • Chapter 17: Nurturing the Future
  • Part VII: Pause/Reflect
  • Concluding Dialogue, Kim Anderson and Bonita Lawrence
  • Participant Biographies
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

About the Author

Kim Anderson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Indigenous Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has published over thirty book chapters and journal articles and is also the principal investigator for two SSHRC research projects: Bidwewidam Indigenous Masculinities (2011-2014) and Indigenous Knowledge Translation in Urban Aboriginal Settings (2014-2017). Anderson is a long-standing advocate for Indigenous women and families and is regularly involved in community-based research and teaching in this area.


This is a groundbreaking contribution to Indigenous studies at the crossroads of interdisciplinary feminist theory and methods built on community-based voice, experience, and power. Foregrounding conceptual frameworks of Indigenous feminist consciousness founded in acts of resistance, reclaiming, constructing, acting, and reflecting, Kim Anderson's book opens up paths of healing and resurgence against threats to Indigenous ways of being. - Margo Tamez, MFA, PhD, Indigenous Studies / Community, Culture and Global Studies, University of British Columbia

""In this second edition, Kim Anderson beautifully weaves the stories of Indigenous women from the traditional teachings of our ancestors to the brutality of colonial ideologies designed to shame and disempower Indigenous women and their family units. A skilled storyteller herself, Kim Anderson's narrative reveals how the teachings of our ancestors can help this generation emerge from the genocidal acts of the colonizers, with hope for the future. Told with truth, love, and respect, Kim's work is a form of knowledge transmission and establishes for us the foundations of reconciliation: education, our history, and our strengths as Indigenous peoples."" - Katsi'tsakwas Ellen Gabriel, Indigenous Human Rights and Environmental Activist, Kanien'keha:ka Nation, Turtle Clan

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