Lost Mothers and 'Stolen Generations': Representations of Family in Contemporary Aboriginal Writing

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In this revolutionary volume, as part of their overall effort to advocate for the rights of Aboriginal women, D. Memee Lavell-Harvard and Jeannette Corbiere Lavell have brought together a multitude of voices to speak on the issues facing Aboriginal mothers in contemporary society. Beginning with an examination of the experience of childbirth-the initiation into motherhood-the contributing authors illustrate its potential as a source of empowerment and revitalization for our nations. Through their own unique perspectives, the women bring us to an understanding of the variety of Aboriginal mothering practices, the impacts of colonization and government legislation on Aboriginal mothers, and literary representations of Aboriginal mothering. Together, these women have worked to reveal not only the connection between the longstanding historical oppression experienced by Aboriginal women and the dire contemporary circumstances of many Aboriginal communities, but also the power of Aboriginal mothers to revitalize and transform our communities. They are truly the givers of new life.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUntil Our Hearts Are On The Ground: Aboriginal Mothering: Oppression, Resistance, Rebirth
EditorsDawn Memee Lavell-Harvard, Jeanette Corbiere-Lavell
Place of PublicationToronto
PublisherDemeter Press
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)978-1550144611
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2006

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