Image: Myseum of Toronto.
1950 - 2021 | Author and Activist
Lee Maracle, an award-winning writer and esteemed mentor, is renowned for her powerful writing and lifelong advocacy against Indigenous oppression in Canada. Interweaving traditional Indigenous stories with modern tales, her diverse literary repertoire includes novels, poetry, short story collections, and collaborative anthologies that skillfully blend prose, fiction, non-fiction, myth, and memoir. Through her work, Maracle sheds light on the experiences of Indigenous women within the context of North American feminism, emphasizing her approach of “decolonizing in the feminine.” Her groundbreaking debut, the autobiographical novel “Bobbi Lee: Indian Rebel” (1975, 1990), holds historical significance as one of the first Indigenous works published in Canada, cementing her influential legacy as a groundbreaking Indigenous writer and storyteller.
As one of Canada’s visionaries and most-published Indigenous authors, Maracle’s legacy lives on through the pages of over 15 literary works.