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About this book
- Winner of the Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award at the 2016 Alberta Book Publishing Awards!
Memory Serves gathers together the oratories award-winning author Lee Maracle has delivered and performed over a twenty-year period. Revised for publication, the lectures hold the features and style of oratory intrinsic to the Salish people in general and the Sto: lo in particular. From her Coast Salish perspective and with great eloquence, Maracle shares her knowledge of Sto: lo history, memory, philosophy, law, spirituality, feminism and the colonial condition of her people.
Powerful and inspiring, Memory Serves is an extremely timely book, not only because it is the first collection of oratories by one of the most important Indigenous authors in Canada, but also because it offers all Canadians, in Maracle’s own words, “another way to be, to think, to know,” a way that holds the promise of a “journey toward a common consciousness.”
“Lee Maracle has provided a clear and eloquent voice of power that speaks of, speaks to and speaks with Indigenous peoples and indigenous women around the world. Her writing always provokes, awakens, stirs and enlightens our hearts and minds.”
“There’s a reason why Lee Maracle is one of this continent’s most important and influential Indigenous voices. If you wish to better understand the importance of story, of the spoken word in the contemporary and traditional First Nations worldview, I urge you to read her collected oratories. Memory Serves is a masterpiece.”
"[a]t this fertile moment for change in the relationship between Canada’s indigenous and nonindigenous peoples, Lee Maracle’s new collection of oratories ... takes on even greater significance." full review
"The topics she covers, the approaches she employs, and the strength of her language highlight the reasons the author has been a driving force in Canadian aboriginal culture for decades. Memory Serves adds to the vital canon of Canadian aboriginal literature." full review
"Memory Serves is one of Maracle's greatest books. It is a read that imparts wisdom from a great writer and it will leave you feeling empowered knowing that the wisdom of Maracle's words are being shared with you." full review
"[Memory Serves] serves by writing down Indigenous “storying up” of events, and by providing Indigenous peoples with arguments for “rematriation” and Canadians with considerable insight into another way of being and creating. The book also richly serves scholars interested in memory; ecological thought; colonization and de-colonization; resilience and reconciliation; the interface between orature and writing; and Stó:lō philosophy and culture, especially the verbal arts." full review
"Memory Serves is a gift to all Canadians. I urge you to unwrap it slowly and get ready for something unlike anything else."