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Claiming Anishinaabe: Decolonizing the Human Spirit

Category: Book
By (author): Gehl, Lynn
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Native Americans
  HISTORY / Canada / Post-Confederation (1867-)
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Native American Studies
Publisher: University of Regina Press
Published: September 2017
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 8.00in x 5.00in
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From The Publisher*

Denied her Indigenous status, Lynn Gehl has been fighting her entire life to reclaim mino-pimadiziwin--the good life. Exploring Anishinaabeg philosophy and Anishinaabeg conceptions of truth, Gehl shows how she came to locate her spirit and decolonize her identity, thereby becoming, in her words, "fully human." Gehl also provides a harsh critique of Canada and takes on important anti-colonial battles, including sex discrimination in the Indian Act and the destruction of sacred places.

"Gehl is at the cutting edge with her concepts and ideas... She is on a journey and documents it well." - Lorelei Anne Lambert, author of Research for Indigenous Survival

"[C]lear, insightful, and desperately needed..." - Lorraine F. Mayer, author of Cries from a M├ętis Heart

"[T]he discussion of the heart and mind knowledge, as well as the discussion on the Anishinaabeg Clan System of Governance, [are] major contributions to the research." - Marlyn Bennett, co-editor of Pushing the Margins

From The Publisher*

One woman's personal journey of moving deeper into Indigenous knowledge and working to resist the racist and sexist legacy of the Indian Act.

From The Publisher*Relying on Indigenous ways of knowing, Status draws on personal experience and introspection. Author Lynn Gehl explores Anishinaabeg knowledge philosophy, conceptions of truth, and the nature of the human spirit. Knowledge, she tells us, is not only located in the mind. It is instead found in the heart, in our practices, our stories, and the rituals and ceremonies we engage in. It is that knowledge that Gehl draws from when resisting the ongoing colonialist policies of governments that are still used to control Indigenous peoples.
Biographical NoteLynn Gehl, PhD, is an Algonquin Anishinaabe-kwe from the Ottawa River Valley. She is the author of The Truth That Wampum Tells. She lives in Peterborough, Ontario.