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Mothers and Daughters

“Charlotte Henay’s “Sitting with My Mother’s Bones” emerges from a complication of words, memories, and experiences, which explore identity, indigeneity, heritage, and narrative in a transnational context. Throughout her story, Henay addresses the various intersectionalities within personal spheres and maternal narratives. These conversations recreate meanings of women’s voices and matrilineal heritage as constructions of agency, emancipation, resistance, and transformation. This awareness of the intersecting use of form converges with Henay’s confrontation of the struggles and conflicts of mothers and daughters and the different stages of their relationship. Yet it is her insight into this relationship that highlights the advocacy and knowledge of these women.”

– Dannabang Kuwabong, Janet MacLennan and Dorsia Smith Silva 


Henay, C. (2017) Sitting with My Mother’s Bones. In Dannabang Kuwabong, Janet MacLennan and Dorsia Smith Silva (Eds.) Mothers and Daughters. Bradford, ON: Demeter Press, pp. 65-87.

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