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Publisher's Summary

Mamaskatch, Darrel J. McLeod’s 2018 memoir of growing up Cree in Northern Alberta, was a publishing sensation - winning the Governor General’s Award for Nonfiction, shortlisted for many other major prizes, and translated into French and German editions. In Peyakow, McLeod continues the poignant story of his impoverished youth, beset by constant fears of being dragged down by the self-destruction and deaths of those closest to him as he battles the bullying of White classmates, copes with the trauma of physical and sexual abuse, and endures painful separation from his family and culture. With steely determination, he triumphs: now, elementary teacher; now, school principal; now, head of an Indigenous delegation to the UN in Geneva; now, executive in the Government of Canada - and now, a celebrated author.

Brutally frank but buoyed throughout by McLeod’s unquenchable spirit, Peyakow - a title borrowed from the Cree word for “one who walks alone” - is an inspiring account of triumph against unimaginable odds. McLeod’s perspective as someone whose career path has crossed both sides of the Indigenous/White chasm resonates with particular force in today’s Canada.

©2021 Darrel J. McLeod (P)2021 Audible, Inc.

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Compelling narrative

Remarkable autobiography of McLeod's unusual life. Gives a point of view not easily open to those of us from the WASP mainstream. The earlier chapters give the reader a greater understanding of the politics (both internal and relating to mainstream) of First Nations peoples. I found that the narrative thread sort of wandered as the book progressed, but still connected emotionally with everything that was being said. This is a deeply personal story. I am blown away that McLeod turned out as well as he did, given the tragedies that surrounded him. Thoroughly enjoyed the story and the learning. Listened to many chapters over again.

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so true

I loved its true to life format and exposure of the injustices done to our indigenous peoples. the author's understanding of the different dialects in different areas and cultures was truly amazing.

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powerful book.

Learned more history. How a culture and people were almost made extinct. How the spirit can survive and even thrive. Very much enjoyed this book.

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It is heartbreaking to hear of such atrocities that the indigenous communities in Canada had to face for so many generations!!
Although the blame for indigenous children to be forced to attend the schools falls on the Canadian government, what happened within the schools, the sexual abuse, the physical abuse, the actual murders of the children points directly to the sick minds of the so-called religious leaders who ran the schools.

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Good stoty to hear in pleasent voice changes in overall story and without getting bore make more interesting

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Wow

As a person that left my hometown to find my own way. I am learning that I need my ancestors in my life more.
The older I get the more I call on them.
Thank you for sharing your story.

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Thanks so much for sharing your story and unique journey through life. I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read the rest of your books.
Hiy Hiy..

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Amazing insight into our Colonial and Indigenous heritage. Provides a whole new understanding to the heart break of the Indigenous people.

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Very impressive and informative

I have tried to learn about First Nations people and this book provided a fresh insite. I found it a little disjointed at times but was relatively easy to follow anyway.

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Great respect and thanks to the narrator as well.
more than inspiring enough for all the good McLeod works to do, it's also the story of his (and his loved ones, his community's) incredible, heartbreaking losses and suffering- so raw and pure, yet charged with McLeod's compelling life force momentum.