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By Ma-Nee Chacaby, Mary Louisa Plummer

A Two-Spirit Journey is Ma-Nee Chacaby’s amazing account of her existence as an Ojibwa-Cree lesbian. From her early, usually harrowing thoughts of existence and abuse in a distant Ojibwa neighborhood riven by means of poverty and alcoholism, Chacaby’s tale is one in every of enduring and finally overcoming the social, monetary, and overall healthiness legacies of colonialism.
As a toddler, Chacaby realized non secular and cultural traditions from her Cree grandmother and trapping, looking, and bush survival talents from her Ojibwa stepfather. She additionally suffered actual and sexual abuse by way of diverse adults, and via her youngster years she used to be alcoholic herself. At twenty, Chacaby moved to Thunder Bay together with her kids to flee an abusive marriage. Abuse, compounded by way of racism, persevered, yet Chacaby came across helps to assist herself and others. Over the next a long time, she completed sobriety; educated and labored as an alcoholism counselor; raised her childrens and fostered many others; realized to dwell with visible impairment; and got here out as a lesbian. In 2013, Chacaby led the 1st homosexual satisfaction parade in her followed urban, Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Ma-Nee Chacaby has emerged from hassle grounded in religion, compassion, humor, and resilience. Her memoir presents remarkable insights into the demanding situations nonetheless confronted by way of many Indigenous people.

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He was a smooth-skinned boy with a long, black ponytail. Barry always treated me with respect, listening to me and never yelling at me. He was affectionate and sometimes hugged me or held me to comfort me. I remember him offering to help me with chores when I had too many to do, and telling me stories under the stars at night. I could not see stars well, but I enjoyed lying beside him and listening to tales he wove about the bear star, the dog star, the moose star, and others. Sometimes I fell asleep listening to his stories.

They only created a permanent home when they reached the Attawapiskat River on James Bay (Figure 2) in the early 1880s, when Leliilah was ten or eleven years old. FIGURE 2. MAP OF ONTARIO, CANADA, AND KEY LOCATIONS. MY GRANDPARENTS’ MARRIAGE When my grandmother was about fourteen years old, she met my grandfather. His name was Christopher Chacaby. Christopher’s father was French, and his mother was Ojibwa. My grandmother explained that Christopher spoke both French and Ojibwe, but he looked like a white man to her.

While they were still on their way to Auden, my grandfather became seriously ill. He was taken to a hospital where he died. My grandmother ended up settling down near Auden, in Ombabika, with her four remaining adult children, Jacques, Renee, Claude, and—after some time—my mother, Deborah. My grandmother always spoke of my grandfather with a great love and respect. She lived many years after he died, but she never remarried. While my grandmother lived in Ombabika, she and some other local Native people signed a treaty with Canadian government representatives and became registered as “treaty” or “status” Indians.

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