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 Migrant Matters Radio 
 The Feminine and story as healing forces in the recovery of Aboriginal communities
 Kim Anderson
 Migrant Matters Radio  
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Dr. Kim Anderson's book, "Life Stages and Native Women: Memories, Teachings and Story Medicine", launched into Turtle Island and the world beyond this year. The book is a collection of powerful truths, morals and lessons-learned generously passed on by fourteen northern Algonquian elders from the prairies and Ontario, and is based on stories about the girls and women of their childhood communities during the mid-twentieth century. In it, Dr. Anderson stresses the importance of having reverence for women and the different gifts women bring to their friends, loved ones, community, and culture at different stages throughout their lives (or along "the life stage continuum") such as during/at pregnancy, birth, puberty and death.

Also known as medicines, these stories, as taught through Métis, Cree and Ojibway cultures, remind us of our strength and are ones that many of us wish our parental figures would have shared with us growing up. On a larger social scale, Dr.Anderson's book imparts theories from Ojibway life stage teachings, emphasizing that health and well-being are dependent on how well community members fulfill life stage roles and responsibilities, and that the Sacred Feminine, connecting with nature, and story are powerful healing forces in the decolonization and recovery of Aboriginal communities.

This fall, Dr. Anderson graced us with her presence for a book reading at the University of Guelph, and this is the recording of the celebration.
Recorded and edited by Migrant Matters Radio,
Dr. Kim Anderson is a Cree/Métis writer and educator. She is recognized as an advocate of Indigenous women and has devoted her career to researching and writing about the health and well-being of Indigenous families. Along with other published scholarly works, fiction and poetry, Dr.Anderson has authored the book 'A Recognition of Being: Reconstructing Native Womanhood', and is the co-editor, with Bonita Lawrence, of 'Strong Women Stories: Native Vision and Community Survival'. She is currently an Associate Professor in Indigenous Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford.

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00:43:21 English 2011-10-18
 Aboriginal Resource Center, University of Guelph
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