Two-Spirit Journey: The Autobiography Of A Lesbian..
A compelling, harrowing, but ultimately uplifting story of resilience and self-discovery. "A Two-Spirit Journey" is Ma-Nee Chacaby’s extraordinary account of her life as an Ojibwa-Cree lesbian. From her early, often harrowing memories of life and abuse in a remote Ojibwa community riven by poverty and alcoholism, Chacaby’s story is one of enduring and ultimately overcoming the social, economic, and health legacies of colonialism. As a child, Chacaby learned spiritual and cultural traditions from her Cree grandmother and trapping, hunting, and bush survival skills from her Ojibwa stepfather. She also suffered physical and sexual abuse by different adults, and in her teen years became alcoholic herself. At twenty, Chacaby moved to Thunder Bay with her children to escape an abusive marriage. Abuse, compounded by racism, continued, but Chacaby found supports to help herself and others. Over the following decades, she achieved sobriety; trained and worked as an alcoholism counsellor; raised her children and fostered many others; learned to live with visual impairment; and came out as a lesbian. In 2013, Chacaby led the first gay pride parade in Thunder Bay. Ma-Nee Chacaby has emerged from hardship grounded in faith, compassion, humour, and resilience. Her memoir provides unprecedented insights into the challenges still faced by many Indigenous people.
Table of Contents
Ch. 1 My Grandmother’s and My Family’s History in Manitoba and Ontario Ch. 2 First Discoveries and Sorrows – My Early Childhood in Ombabika Ch. 3 Seasonal Activities, First Friendships, and the Beginning of Addiction Ch. 4 S chool, Teenage Friendship, and Having Two-Spirits Ch. 5 Losing My Grandmother and My Mother, Becoming a Parent, and Surviving an Abusive Marriage Ch. 6 Living and Parenting Before Sobriety Ch. 7 Sobriety and Single Parenting Ch. 8 Marrying by Choice, Working with Addicted Mothers, and Fostering Kids Ch. 9 Coming Out, Falling in Love, and Living with Leah Ch. 10 Single Life, Meeting Grace, and Building a Life Together Ch. 11 Recovering from Post–Traumatic Stress Disorder and Becoming an Elder Afterword – by Mary Louisa Plummer