Indigenous Thoughts Network
PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION
PHILOSOPHY BY REGION
Where the Rivers Meet (WTRM) Website
KIM ANDERSON, Cree Writer and Academic
How are Native women defined? How has this sense of identity been influenced by European culture, and how have negative images been resisted? These are only a few of the questions Cree/Metis writer Kim Anderson addresses in this important book based on interviews with forty Native women from across Canada.<br /><br />Starting from the role of women in Indigenous societies prior to the arrival of Europeans, Anderson explores how female identity and power were systematically dismantled through colonization. Drawing on their own experiences, Native women describe how they are reclaiming their cultural traditions and creating positive and powerful images of themselves with are true to their heritage.
The Feminist Anthem - I Am Woman
"...Oh yes, I am wise..But it's wisdom born of pain...."
This 70s song represented the political struggle for women equality, a struggle that is making slow but sure progress. It reflects, albeit, the views of middle class white women for sure, but I think if you look deep enough into the packaging of the song, you will find that something that is universal, timeless and challenging...both philosophically and otherwise.
BELOW: Helen Reddy at 75...what a wonderful elder in her traditions.