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Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age
Written by Darrel J. McLeod
Published by Douglas & MacIntyre


A torturously-beautiful memoir of growing up in a world of violence and family trauma. McLeod’s writing is lyrical and offers a powerful examination of contemporary issues, from sexual self-identification to the scars of residential school to the contemporary search for reconciliation. “Mamaskatch” means “shared dream” in Cree, and while there are unavoidable nightmares along the journey, there are also dreams of hope, at times of exquisite beauty and renewed pride.


“Honestly stunning. McLeod’s clear writing lays bare his complicated ties to his family, his lovers and his country in a memoir that moved and haunted me.”
EDEN ROBINSON, author of Son of a Trickster


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Darrel J. McLeod

is Cree from Treaty 8 territory in Northern Alberta. Before retiring to pursue writing, he was a chief negotiator of land claims for the federal government and executive director of education and international affairs with the Assembly of First Nations. He holds degrees in French literature and Education from UBC. He lives in Sooke, BC, and is working on a second memoir following the events in Mamaskatch.