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By Lee Maracle

Bobbi Lee confronts white Canadian society at the flooring that it stole from the 1st international locations of this state. a tricky autobiography of an Indian woman's lifestyles from the dust residences of moment Narrows Bridge, Vancouver, to the Toronto of the sixties and seventies, Lee Maracle offers us a massive experience of the harsh terrain of fight towards political recognition which all oppressed peoples adopt. Bobbi Lee is a hopeful paintings for getting better the probabilities of envisioning a global the place we're not crushed down each day.""- Dionne model

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I lived with friends in North Van for a few weeks, saw Donna a couple of times, then left for the States to stay with Toni, who'd gotten married and moved to a town in California called Visalia. It was a long, 1,100mile bus ride which ended about 400 miles south of Fresno. That first night I met Toni, her husband Arturo Ramirez and her brother-in-law, Lorenzo. Arturo was Mexican, and I had known him since I was a little kid. He lived near us in Vancouver and started going around with Toni when he was eighteen and she was sixteen.

She'd always been at home before and now we felt lost without her. We just couldn't understand why she had to go off to work every day and I remember our telling her in childish anguish that we would all work harder if she stayed at home. I was taking in ironing and doing a little baby-sitting outside, but we couldn't make enough to live on. She had a deeply held ethic, handed down from both her family and dad's father, that people ought to work. Government was always trying to put Indians on welfare, but they didn't want it.

Anyway, Lorenzo was Utopian and I was something of 64 a cynic. He would talk about the perfect society and place to live and I'd just say: ''Look, you know it'll never happen. One thing you have to learn is that you really have to go all out for something you want real bad. You won't make it happen by just sitting and waiting around. What you'll get won't be a dream world. " But Lorenzo wasn't artificial in the way most of the others were. Most Mexicans there had this stereotyped personality and there were happy with it.

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