Forbidden Fruit: Engaging an Indigenous Feminist Lens as an Nehinaw Iskwew
By: Marlene E. McKay
Forbidden Fruit: Engaging an Indigenous Feminist Lens as an Neninaw Iskwew is a feminist based memoir acknowledging that people are measured, categorized, and placed in a hierarchal order that is deeply influenced by discourses predicated upon social processes.
Dr. McKay’s Indigenous feminism is about being aware that due to the colonial patriarchy that has seeped through Indigenous social and cultural systems, Indigenous women are positioned differently in economic, social and political structures. Marlene masterfully uses her own life experiences to assert that colonialism and Indigenous cultures obscure the role of women in a way that continues both their marginalization and the binary of the princess/squaw (p. 11).
Size: 6″ x 9″
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
2. CHILDHOOD MEMORIES AND LEARNED POSITIONING
3. A CURIOUS GIRL
4. THE INFLUENCE OF THE CHURCH AND SCHOOL
5. MOM’S CARE, HOME SICK
6. OLDER PEOPLE
8. REJECTED BY THE CONTRIBUTOR
9. INDIGENOUS MALE DOMINANCE AT WORK
10. WHEN I WORKED AS A SOCIAL WORKER
11. PATERNAL KIN
13 MARRIED INTO A MIDDLE-CLASS WHITE FAMILY
Marlene E. McKay
Marlene entered the teaching profession after working as a social worker/counselor for about 15 years. She has four earned university degrees. Marlene’s education focuses on Indigenous feminism, social justice, anti-racist education, and as a Cree speaker herself, she has a deep commitment to Indigenous literacy. Her research is motivated by observing and experiencing marginalization. Dr. McKay asserts that subjugation in influenced by identity categories of race, class status, and gender. She further argues that one’s speech is used to categorize people. Dr. McKay has taught at the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Alberta.