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Bobbi Lee Indian Rebel

by (author) Lee Maracle

Canadian Scholars' Press Inc.
Initial publish date
May 2017
Native American Studies, Women's Studies, Indigenous Studies
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    Nov 1990
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Lee Maracle’s Bobbi Lee Indian Rebel tells the narrative of an Indigenous woman raised in North America who finds her strength despite the forces that challenge and oppress her. Grippingly honest, Lee’s autobiographical exploration of post-colonial tensions in Toronto circa 1960-1980 sheds light on the existing racist and sexist sentiments affecting Indigenous women. Reflective of the struggles Indigenous communities face today, this book continues to hold a place within contemporary Indigenous and women’s studies classrooms.

New and updated, this edition features a preface by Lee Maracle.

About the author

Lee Maracle is a member of the Sto:Lo nation. She was born in Vancouver and grew up on the North Shore. She is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Ravensong and Daughters Are Forever. Her novel for young adults, Will’s Garden was well-received and is taught in schools. She has also published on book of poetry, Bent Box, and a work of creative non-fiction, I Am Woman. She is the co-editor of a number of anthologies, including the award winning anthology My Home As I Remember and Telling It: Women and Language across Culture. Her work has been published in anthologies and scholarly journals worldwide. The mother of four and grandmother of seven, Maracle is currently an instructor at the University of Toronto, the Traditional Teacher for First Nation’s House, and instructor with the Centre for Indigenous Theatre and the S.A.G.E. (Support for Aboriginal Graduate Education). She is also a writing instructor at the Banff Centre for the Arts.

In 2009, Maracle received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from St. Thomas University. Maracle recently received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work promoting writing among Aboriginal Youth, and is 2014 finalist for the Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.

Maracle has served as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, and the University of Western Washington.

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Excerpt: Bobbi Lee Indian Rebel (by (author) Lee Maracle)

From the preface:

“I was an activist during the composition of this book—and that has not changed. I had an international perspective inherited from my people—and that has not changed. I was a burgeoning feminist— and that has not changed. I was a nationalist—and again that has not changed. I do hope I am more thoughtful than I was when I was young, but for the most part, I know I am still the forthright Bobbi Lee who wanted to change the world.”

Editorial Reviews

“Bobbi Lee Indian Rebel was a groundbreaking book in the 1970s and is still urgently relevant today.… The book is an early depiction of Indigenous women’s resilience in the face of colonialism. The personal story frames the political story—as memoir does. Maracle has gone on to become one of the most important writers in Canada.” — “Linda Warley, Department of English Language and Literature, University of Waterloo

“With courage, honesty, humour, and integrity, Lee Maracle has set down on paper the beginnings of her life-journey. Her story is not pretty nor is it a romantic vision, but a true and clear history of growing up Native and female in North America. This book belongs on all bookshelves alongside Maria Campbell’s Half Breed.”— “Beth Brant (1990 review), author of Mohawk Trail and Writing as Witness

“This is the charged story of a Native woman who has done more than survive, who despite great odds has burst forth singing a warrior song. She dares to question that which is most painful in this continental wounding (call it history, call it genocide) larger than all of us. You will be changed.” — “Joy Harjo, poet, musician, and author of She Had Some Horses and Crazy Brave

Other titles by Lee Maracle

A Generous Spirit

Selected Work by Beth Brant

edited by Janice Gould
read by Michelle Thrush
foreword by Lee Maracle
afterword by Deborah Miranda


Conversations about Indigenous Manhood

edited by Sam McKegney
interviewee Joseph Boyden, Tomson Highway, Lee Maracle, Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, Basil H. Johnston, Daniel David Moses, Louise Bernice Halfe, Taiaiake Alfred, Janice C. Hill, Kim Anderson, Thomas Kimeksun Thrasher, Brendan Hokowhitu, Ty P. Kawika Tengan, Warren Cariou, Alison Calder, Daniel Heath Justice, Adrian Stimson, Terrance Houle, Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Richard Van Camp, Joanne Arnott, Neal McLeod & Gregory Scofield
cover design or artwork by Dana Claxton

Hope Matters

by (author) Lee Maracle, Columpa Bobb & Tania Carter

I Am a Body of Land

by (author) Shannon Webb-Campbell
introduction by Lee Maracle

Luminous Ink

Writers on Writing in Canada

edited by Tessa McWatt, Rabindranath Maharaj & Dionne Brand
contributions by Margaret Atwood, Madeleine Thien, M.G. Vassanji, Lawrence Hill, Pascale Quiviger, Nino Ricci, Sheila Fischman, Heather O'Neill, Camilla Gibb, Eden Robinson, Lee Maracle, Rawi Hage, Michael Helm, Lisa Moore, Rita Wong, Hiromi Goto, George Elliott Clarke, Nicole Brossard, Judith Thompson, David Chariandy, Richard Van Camp, Marie-Hélène Poitras, Stephen Henighan, Greg Hollingshead, Michael Ondaatje & Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Daughters Are Forever

by (author) Lee Maracle

The Good Lands

by (author) Victoria Dickenson, Lee Maracle & Naomi Fontaine

Un territoire a partager

L'art du paysage au Canada

by (author) Victoria Dickenson, Lee Maracle & Natalie Fontaine

My Conversations With Canadians

by (author) Lee Maracle

Ravensong - A Novel

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