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Stoney Creek Woman: The Story of Mary John

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  41 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews

The captivating story of Mary John (who passed away in 2004), a pioneering Carrier Native whose life on the Stoney Creek reserve in central BC is a capsule history of First Nations life from a unique woman's perspective. A mother of twelve, Mary endured much tragedy and heartbreak--the pangs of racism, poverty, and the deaths of six children--but lived her life with extrao
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ebook, 160 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by Arsenal Pulp Press (first published January 1st 1988)
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Andrea
Aug 27, 2015 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The final book I have to read for my Canadian Literature course on Residential Schools starting in the Fall (2015). The last, but definitely not the least, as the saying goes.
I really enjoyed the differing perspectives and narrative styles throughout the course of the reading material. Each has brought it's own unique style and take on a tragic and senseless part of Canadian history. What I liked most about Stoney Creek Woman was that only the beginning was really about Mary John's time in resi
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tamarack
Enjoyable and easy to read -- which was great, because I was terrified to find out this was only a *part* of my week's history readings! Brutal.

This autobiography-as-told-to is insightful and gave a good concrete herstory of the Carrier nation near Vanderhoof, BC. I am left with the impression that, in some ways, Mary John was one of the fortunates of this time: She was not killed by tuberculosis like so many in her village, she was "favoured" at the residential school she attended, and her fami
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Lisa
Apr 26, 2013 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A simple, easy-to-read book about the life of a string Native woman in central BC from the 1950s-1980s. The first person accounts of racism then was very informative. I can't even imagine what it would feel like to be denied entrance to a cafe. It a good account of daily remote reservation survival.
Margaret
I love stories of strong women who have worked hard to overcome unfortunate circumstances - I find them inspiring and this looks like it will fit that bill.

Interesting reading - really kind of a tough life basically living off the land. You can't help but admire the wonderful spirit of this woman.
Marie
Oct 02, 2016 Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read for Grade 8 years ago but have just re-read it for an Aboriginal Studies class. A very easy and enjoyable book to read. The story that it tells is a very powerful one.
Linda
Feb 21, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of a strong, beautiful, amazing woman. I don't think I can ever read enough of these books. Lovely!
Janine
Jan 04, 2013 Janine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First read this book for a history class, but have re-read it several times. A very interesting book about the life of Mary John, a Carrier native woman living in northern British Columbia.
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Marni
Apr 15, 2017 Marni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A simple story about life as a First Nations woman in interior BC. She was born in 1913 and lived until 2004. She saw and experienced many changes and it is sobering as a privileged white person to read about her life.
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The ending was a bit sad. But definitely useful for my essay now!
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