Kwayask  -kÓ-pÍ-kiskinow‚pahtihicik

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University of Alberta, 1997 - Social Science - 275 pages
Emma Minde’s portraits of the family into which she was given in marriage are touching and instructive. They show us a young woman leaving her home in Saddle Lake, Alberta, to join a household of strangers in Hobbema. In addition to the husband she has yet to meet, Emma comes to know four strong-willed people who will shape her life: her husband’s parents, Mary-Jane and Dan Minde, Dan’s younger brother, Sam, and his wife, Mary. These reminiscences, told to Freda Ahenakew, offer rare insights into a life guided by two powerful forces: the traditional world of the Plains Cree and the Catholic missions and boarding-schools of the day, designed to re-make their charges entirely. Rarely has the interplay of these two worlds—often in conflict, yet oddly in harmony—been sketched so eloquently as in this moving autobiography. Emma Minde’s stories are presented here as she told them in Cree, with a translation into English on the facing pages. With its Cree-English Glossary and an English Index to the Glossary, this award-winning book is not only a milestone of Aboriginal testimonial literature, but also an important Cree language resource. Ideal for course adoptions, Native Studies libraries and general readers alike.
 

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Contents

Emma Mindes Life 2
2
Family Background 1213
13
Emma Mindes Marriage 3233
32
The Marriage of MaryJane and Dan Minde 6465
64
SelfReliant Women 74
75
Mary and Sam Minde at Work 9495
95
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101
Notes to the Text 149
149
English Index to the Glossary 191
191
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About the author (1997)

Freda Ahenakew, formerly Director of the Saskatchewan Indian Languages Institute, earned her M.A. in Cree linguistics at the University of Manitoba. In 1997 she was awarded an honourary doctorate by the University of Saskatchewan. She was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1998.

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