Legacy: Trauma, Story, and Indigenous Healing Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Five hundred years of colonization have taken an incalculable toll on the Indigenous peoples of the Americas: substance-use disorders and shockingly high rates of depression, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions brought on by genocide and colonial control. With passionate logic and chillingly clear prose, author and educator Suzanne Methot uses history, human development, and her own and others’ stories to trace the roots of Indigenous cultural dislocation and community breakdown in an original and provocative examination of the long-term effects of colonization. But all is not lost. Methot also shows how we can come back from this with Indigenous ways of knowing lighting the way.
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|Listening Length||14 hours|
|Audible.ca Release Date||July 29 2019|
|Publisher||Bespeak Audio Editions|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #38,095 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#107 in Racism & Discrimination Studies
#163 in International Political Institutions
#432 in Native American Studies (Books)
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Methot, undoubtedly angry about the horrors committed against her ancestors and current generations of Indigenous people, nevertheless speaks gently to her readers. She perhaps understands that we’re finally trying to educate ourselves, and that while it comes very late for many of us, compassion is a better teacher than anger. And in that manner Methot brings us into the communities of Canadian Indigenous people; back to the days of pre-colonialism when the home was the safe centre of the Indigenous family and a load bearing wall of the community; through the barbarous and genocidal days of European takeover and colonialism; to the present day by way of generation after generation of isolation, hopelessness, and loss of agency, that naturally led to inherited trauma of physical and mental abuse. “Legacy” takes us into people’s lives and allows us gut wrenching glances into the damage incurred by young and old due to centuries of brutal and sadistic treatment by the Europeans and their ancestors. Six thousand Indigenous children died in government run Residential Schools in Canada from the mid 19th century until the last school closed in 1996. The Residential School children were abused, used as free labour, and cruelly robbed of their culture and their language; bereft parents and families were unable to fight the government.
As Methot presents these intense life stories we see incredibly strong people who have survived mostly without hope or motivation, who survived daily neglect and cruelty, and who will always carry the scars.
It’s impossible to succinctly describe what Suzanne Methot accomplishes in the span of this exceptional and consequential book. If my experience is predictive, readers will finish “Legacy” emotionally shook up, but much more aware. And we turn the last page knowing that many post colonial survivors are reclaiming their Indigenous identities, are healing using traditional medicines and wellness practices, and are reclaiming their heritage, their languages and their culture.
Readers are left with a small echo of the book always sounding gently in the background of our awareness.
There are some valid points throughout the books, but I'd caution Indigenous readers to view this work critically. As the perspective of the author captures their native colleagues and their theorized history in a pejorative.
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Once while reading, for the millionth time feeling more seen by this book than I have by any other, I paused, flipped to the back cover where there is a picture of Suzanne and just cried in gratitude.
Suzanne, thank you for your heart, work and inner knowing that led you through everything to this place. You have changed and supported my life. Much love.
Reviewed in the United States on August 10, 2019