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A collection of oratories by Lee Maracle Read for review I thought it was great, but will expand in the review I ll definitely be reading Maracle. Lee Maracle is a genius More need to read this book, but slowly, savouring the words. I guess I mistakenly thought I was an appropriate audience for this book, but most of it was over my head.stuck it out but I felt like it was all theory and no practicality which is great but not exactly what I was hoping for. by Christine Smith MacFarlane Stories are an integral part of who we are as a people So much so that I found myself unable to write about the power of storytelling and Lee Maracle s new book Memory Serves because it encapsulates that idea so completely.It was daunting to express my thoughts even though I m aware of the history behind storytelling and what it means for the diverse groups of First Nations peoples across Canada.Fear was also in my heart because not only did I want to do Maracle s book justice, but also Maracle is an important mentor to me personally and Maracle is known in the Indigenous literary world as the grandmother of our literature.Read here I have to admit I have not previously read any Lee Maracle, but I plan on rectifying that ASAP Memory Serves is a revelation Moving, thought provoking, and immensely vivid, Maracle s written oratories had me questioning my role and privilege in society Not only that, but I d finish a chapter where Maracle delves into her vision of the future, and have to sit there for twenty minutes to muse on her points debating the future of Canada and wondering at whether it can even be a possibility Canada says it seeks to emancipate its Native Nations It does so from the position of total access and control over space and time It does so from the position of having military dominance Indigenous people wish to wrest control of the terms of union from Canada, but many Canadians fear the terms we might establish It is a conundrum Fairness and inclusion on our terms are required in order for sharing to take place And Canadians must desire to include us But we have not the time to determine what our terms are, so this dream is far from its realization We are all severely damaged goods on the one hand, Canadians are damaged by their history of plunder, the constant rationalization of their preponderant super sized entitlement over space, and their control of time on the other, Indigenous people are damaged by the absence of entitlement, so damaged that sorting this out will be a nightmare But do it we must By the middle of the book, you find yourself thinking, well this is just too depressing of a thought, Canada can t possibly get to a place of complete understanding and reconciliation the likes of which Maracle hopes for, only to find yourself swept away in her stories once again as she calmly explains her rationale and motivation for moving forward And by the end, when she goes into detail about her storytelling and oratory methods, you understand the reason each word was specifically chosen in the book Maracle s ability to carry her readers alongside her comes full circle. Memory Serves is a collection of lectures and speeches by Sto lo Salish activist and author Lee Maracle In her Preface, Maracle says of her work as a communicator Indigenous people have historically hesitated to create books such as this because they express the views of the individuals presenting thoughts on the whole The individual cannot represent the whole in that way in our communities We don t assign anyone that kind of authority I derive my understanding of social theory, of our logic, our processes for thought, discovery, consultation and learning from the stories I have heard and from having witnessed thousands of oral discussions with youth, elders, middle aged people, even children As a witness I pay attention to how these discussions unfold, how each individual engages the whole, the subject in question, and how they play with it I have been witnessing for as far back as my memory serves, but this does not make me an expert on our people What makes my words valuable is the thousands of Indigenous people who have said to me You just articulated everything I was thinking Maracle s writing actually, speaking, for these are the written forms of oratories, spoken word performances is poetic, evocative, drawing on the shape and style and images of the Indigenous storytelling genre She uses events, examples, images, and linking all, rhythm and sound, to lead the listener to an understanding It must be listened to in the heart and the gut as well as the head to be comprehended In the oratory that gives a title to the volume, Memory Serves, her re membering connects pasts and futures, moving from ancient myth stories of the relationships of men and women, peace and war, life and death, to a speakers panel of Indigenous women to the birth of her daughter It guides the reader listener toward the path that leads to the good life and reconnects them with their hidden selves and their community history Her re membering is a force for wholeness, for understanding, for action, for justice I re member courage in the face of awesome fear and haul up the courage from every cell, transform it into desire and push it with a will toward freedom I re member rage and dig beneath its hoary cap in search if the justice moving me to rage and then I determine to stretch this rage into some kind of energized force and transform it into justice When I am successful this will become a moment that will live for all time because others will choose to remember I re member dark, its seriousness, its sobriety, its sacred ability to hold my life still and call me to alter my conduct, change my direction and commit to participating fully in my life I come to the table full feast I offer the host, the multitudes, the dead, the living, and the unborn this food I remember the body is made to move, that life is always worth engaging, that fear is a beautiful friend cautioning me to take care, and that courage is there to mediate this fear and is ever willing to be summoned that this old friend will not capitulate and become some beast that no longer serves me I move as though sure I fear no decision as belief in my memory grows it has always served my spiritual path In the oratory Salmon Is the Hub of Salish Memory, Maracle compares the divisive and reductive European worldview, which ignores connection and sets artificial hierarchies of importance, to the Indigenous worldview which recognises the community of all things She builds this comparison around two events from 2001 the suicide of an entire salmon run, and the suicide attacks on the World Trade Center which led to the invasion of Afghanistan At the time that the salmon were committing social suicide, Afghanistan was the object of international invasion Salish people know that the homelands of the salmon have been the object of chronic invasion by fisheries, pulp and paper mills, the forestry industry and all manner of toxic dumping Are these events connected Is there a connection between Western society s devaluation of the lives of Afghanis and and the devaluation of salmon, the degradation of their life conditions such that suicide seems their only option Are the Afghani people and the sockeye of equal value Is there a connection between suicidal salmon and suicidal warriors Who Gets to Draw the Maps In and Out of Place in British Columbia questions the authority of those who make not just the geographical representations of land that we think of as maps complete with boundaries that divide this from that and assign ownership to segments only of the whole but the maps of reality formed by the accepted language and story we are surrounded by Who decides the sociological hierarchies, the categories we put humans and other living things into Who defines the terms that shape our realities, and to what ends In these as well as other oratories collected in this volume, Maracle addresses the conditions of colonialism from a variety of perspectives the absence of a well developed post colonial literature in Canada that results from our holding on to colonial power relations the system of colonialist laws that limit the autonomy of Indigenous people the impact of colonialism on Indigenous women and on Indigenous traditions of relationship between me and women in families and in society the devaluing and loss of Indigenous knowledge and the methods of developing and transmitting it At the same time, Maracle presents Indigenous alternatives to the Western colonial way of being ways of relation to the earth and to each other, ways of seeing, learning, studying, developing knowledge bases, thinking, remembering, communicating and teaching She places particular emphasis on exploring explaining the oral nature of Indigenous culture its literature, its teaching methods, are based not on written text as both repository and communication, but on memory and the spoken word, on the real time communicator of accumulated knowledge and ongoing creativity In Oratory on Oratory Maracle explicitly addresses the Salish methodologies of knowledge development, a topic which is woven through all of the other oratories collected here Study is tempered by humans studying the space between the beings in the relationships humans engage From the snow flea on a glacier to barra cudas and sharks, the small beings and the invisible beings, all beings have a perfect right to be We respect the barracuda, but we recognize that the charming smile of this predator is dangerous, and so we maintain a good distance from his territory, and we don t swim with sharks Principles of fair exchange govern all of our relationships We pick berries in such a way that the berries are assured of continued renewal, and we are cautious to leave some for the bears We study from the perspective that, as the variable beings on earth, it is humans that need to transform and alter their conduct to engage in relationship with other beings and phenomena Relationship engagement is disciplined by conjuring the least intrusive and invasive con duct possible, respecting the distance and reproductive rights of other beings, and ensuring the greatest freedom of beings to be as they are and always will be This requires that we study the life of beings and phenomena in our world from their perspective, and not from the perspective of our needs This is a volume to be read slowly, to be read with the ears and eyes, heart and mind It unfolds a way if thinking, seeing, remembering and teaching that is very different from European tradition, in the very act of remembering and teaching about the impacts of colonialist history of the European presence on the people who thought, and saw, and remembered and taught, and who still, in spite of all, think and see and remember and teach in this way. .Free Pdf ☣ Memory Serves ⚇ 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 PeoplePowerful 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 Enchanting, highly poetical musings on the economic, social and cultural marginalisation facing First Nations today, despite the ongoing efforts of the Canadian government to make amends to the indigenous peoples A strong and unapologetic orator, Maracle manages to convey through blazing words the urgency of these issues while tirelessly probing at their complexities and ambiguities which are almost certainly beyond the knowledge of an average person The range of phenomena addressed is broad enough to introduce a benevolent reader to the agenda of First Nations as proposed by Maracle but not random, these circle again and again around the questions of memory, narration, imagination, cultural revival and appropriation A text bound to spark interest in the history of persecution, violence and injustice towards native Canadians, or in equal measure to challenge one s grasp of the matter, this treasured collection is a must read both for a total ignoramus and an expert. Maracle provides a wonderful discussion on what we tend to call oral tradition and the truly complex and intricate nature of producing and maintaining spoken traditions Some of her ideas, like the spiritual power of words reminded me of The WORD that came to earth that is Jesus She comes close to articulating something real and lasting, but I understand what she articulates to be the religion of her people and not Christianity However, I believe that these elements can provide a doorway into which Jesus Christ can be seen as the one true Son of God God speaks in all cultures, but the matter is how we sort out the fallenness of our cultures from the ways God has injected himself into them, so that we may find him. This is a very interesting and very challenging book So many different sections struck me, and I found myself re reading phrases and paragraphs as I sought to better understand their meaning I feel like I need to read through it again, to obtain a deeper senses of all the varied aspects It is however worth the time.