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Celebrated Sto: lo writer and campaigner Lee Maracle expired at 71

Key takeaways: 

  • Her legendary books include Celia’s song, I Am Woman, My Conversations with Canadians and Ravensong. 
  • Sto: lo poet, author, intellectual Lee Maracle dropped by the As It Happens studio for an attribute talk with Carol Off. 

Sto: lo writer Lee Maracle dies at 71: 

Celebrated poet, author and campaigner Lee Maracle has expired at 71 on Nov. 11, 2021. 

Maracle a member of the Sto: lo Country, is the producer of legendary books Celia’s song, I Am Woman, My Conversations with Canadians and Ravensong. 

Maracle was born on July 2, 1950, in Vancouver to a Metis mother and Salish father. She was the granddaughter of Tsleil-Waututh head Dan George. 

Maracle was aged in a poor locality called North Shore mud houses in North Vancouver, east of the Second Narrows Bridge. 

She passed her time in California before returning to Vancouver, where she would start her writing career in the 1970s. 

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“I recall him staring at me, going through all these emotional shifts, then all of the sudden he laughs and says, ‘That’s a pretty good story. Now I’m going to tell you one and you tell it back different, but the same,'” Maracle told As It Happens in 2019. Source – cbc.ca

While summers were passed that way, she stated, playing the game of telling back tales “different, but the same,” till storytelling became second nature to her. But she stated the game came with caution, too. 

“Don’t you ever lie to me again,” Maracle recollects him saying?  Source – cbc.ca

“I was told, at the time I wrote Bobbi Lee, that they didn’t publish books by Indians and that we couldn’t write,” Maracle told CBC Books. Source – cbc.ca

“A leftist publishing house, part of the Liberation Support Movement, actually published it initially.” Then it received notoriety and people liked it.  Source – cbc.ca

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