Carrying the Burden of Peace: Reimagining Indigenous Masculinities Through Story

Carrying the Burden of Peace: Reimagining Indigenous Masculinities Through Story

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Carrying the Burden of Peace provides critical examination of Indigenous masculinities that is also an honour song. Sam McKegney weaves together stories of Indigenous life, love, eroticism, pain, and joy to map the contours of diverse, empowered, and non-dominant Indigenous masculinities to offer a place from which a balanced world may be pursued. Can a critical examination of Indigenous masculinities be an honour song-one that celebrates rather than pathologizes; one that seeks diversity and strength; one that overturns heteropatriarchy without centering settler colonialism? Can a critical examination of Indigenous masculinities even be creative, inclusive, erotic?
 
Carrying the Burden of Peace answers affirmatively. Countering the perception that "masculinity" has been so contaminated as to be irredeemable, the book explores Indigenous literary art for understandings of masculinity that exceed the impoverished inheritance of colonialism.
 
Sam McKegney's argument is simple: if we understand that masculinity pertains to maleness, and that there are those within Indigenous families, communities and nations who identify as male, then the concession that masculinity concerns only negative characteristics bears stark consequences.
 
It would mean that the resources available to affirm those subjectivities will be constrained, and perhaps even contaminated by shame. Indigenous masculinities are more than what settler colonialism has told us. To deny the beauty, vulnerability, and grace that can be expressed and experienced as masculinity is to concede to settler colonialism's limiting vision of the world; it is to eschew the creativity that is among our greatest strengths.
 
Carrying the Burden of Peace weaves together stories of Indigenous life, love, eroticism, pain, and joy to map the contours of diverse, empowered, and non-dominative Indigenous masculinities. It is from here that a more balanced world may be pursued.