Between October 2010 and May 2013, Sam McKegney conducted interviews with leading Indigenous artists, critics, activists, and elders on the subject of Indigenous manhood. In offices, kitchens, and coffee shops, and once in a car driving down the 401, McKegney and his participants tackled crucial questions about masculine self-worth and how to foster balanced and empowered gender relations.
Masculindians captures twenty of these conversations in a volume that is intensely personal, yet speaks across generations, geography, and gender boundaries. As varied as their speakers, the discussions range from culture, history, and world view to gender theory, artistic representations, and activist interventions. They speak of possibility and strength, of beauty and vulnerability. They speak of sensuality, eroticism, and warriorhood, and of the corrosive influence of shame, racism, and violence. Firmly grounding Indigenous continuance in sacred landscapes, interpersonal reciprocity, and relations with other-than-human kin, these conversations honour and embolden the generative potential of healthy Indigenous masculinities.
Sam McKegney will be joined by Anishinaabe poet and critic Armand Garnet Ruffo. Armand will be reading from his upcoming creative biography of Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing Into Thunderbird, the first full length authorized biography about the acclaimed Ojibway painter Norval Morrisseau. Written in a style that incorporates Ojibway mythology and world-view, the text examines the painter’s life, and the development of his art, from his early days in northern Ontario to his final days on the west coast.
Norval Morrisseau is fascinating and thematically linked to concerns emergent from the collection of Masculindians.
Thursday, May 8 2014
Octopus Books centretown
@ 25One Communtiy (2nd floor, 251 Bank St.)
For more info about this book: http://uofmpress.ca/books/detail/masculindians.
Sam McKegney is the author of Magic Weapons: Aboriginal Writers Remaking Community After Residential School and numerous articles on Indigenous and Canadian literatures. He is an associate professor of English and Cultural Studies at Queen’s University.
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