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  • Longing for happiness, peace and a normal life

    Written by Darrel J. McLeod | #NoOneSucceedsAlone

    Mamaskatch recounts the story of a Cree boy (me) growing up near Slave Lake. I am longing for happiness, peace and a normal life – something you might see in an indigenous version of Archie comics. Instead, I find myself immersed in situations of terror and tragedy – with my strong and tender mother transforming into the devil, my older brother growing into a flamboyant drag queen, and my one promising father figure catapulting me into a life of secrecy as he involves me in schemes of abuse. This abuse opens a cavern of questions about my gender identity, and the struggle – to know who I am or could be, without guilt. Mamaskatch moves at a blurring pace from the boreal forest of Alberta, to the Rocky Mountains, to the city (Calgary) and eventually to the west coast, with a side trip to Mexico. In Mamaskatch, at just the right time it seems, an angel appears, in the form of a mountain, a teacher, or a friend. During the writing of Mamaskatch, this continued. Betsy Warland nurtured me as a beginning writer. Then, Shaena Lambert helped me to take it all so much deeper. Barbara Pulling provided astute and gentle editing.

    See Darrel at the 2018 Whistler Writers Festival


    McLeod, Darrel J.

    McLeod, Darrel J.