Terese Mailhot poses for a photo.

Terese Marie Mailhot’s debut book, “Heart Berries,” recalls a childhood darkened by abuse, addiction and abject poverty. “Indigenous identity is fixed in grief,” writes Mailhot, who grew up on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in British Columbia. Mailhot joins us to discuss her memoir and how her identity as a native woman influences her work.

In ‘Heart Berries’ Terese Marie Mailhot Confronts Indigenous Identity, Abuse 13 February,2018Michael Krasny

Terese Marie Mailhot, author of "Heart Berries: A Memoir", editor at The Rumpus, Tecumseh Postdoc Fellow at Purdue University

  • Another Mike

    So things are just as bad for natives in Canada as in the US? We here always think that Canada is more progressive.

    • Noelle

      Similar bad policies in Canada and Australia for their native people. I think these countries have apologized. Not sure how much that helps?

    • BioMeister

      A good friend from Canada characterized Canadian Politics as consisting of three Rules: Keep the French in, keep the Americans out, and keep the Indians invisible. Canadian colonial history with the aboriginal inhabitants only looks good by comparison with America and Australia, and even then it doesn’t look VERY good.

  • Noelle

    Reading Alexie’s memoirs I was struck by the intergenerational trauma, not just in his family, but due to American government policy of boarding schools and other ways we have tried to subjugate the tribes.


Michael Krasny

Michael Krasny, PhD, has been in broadcast journalism since 1983. He was with ABC in both radio and television and migrated to public broadcasting in 1993. He has been Professor of English at San Francisco State University and also taught at Stanford, the University of San Francisco and the University of California, as well as in the Fulbright International Institutes. A veteran interviewer for the nationally broadcast City Arts and Lectures, he is the author of a number of books, including “Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life” (Stanford University Press) “Spiritual Envy” (New World); “Sound Ideas” (with M.E. Sokolik/ McGraw-Hill); “Let There Be Laughter” (Harper-Collins) as well as the twenty-four lecture series in DVD, audio and book, “Short Story Masterpieces” (The Teaching Company). He has interviewed many of the world’s leading political, cultural, literary, science and technology figures, as well as major figures from the world of entertainment. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including the S.Y. Agnon Medal for Intellectual Achievement; The Eugene Block Award for Human Rights Journalism; the James Madison Freedom of Information Award; the Excellence in Journalism Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association; Career Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and an award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association. He holds a B.A. (cum laude) and M.A. from Ohio University and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin.

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