About The Book

Mi’kmaq Puoinaq Two Spirit Medicine: Sexuality and Gender Variance, Spirituality and Culture

Authors:

Dr Joseph Randolph Bowers, PhD Couns, MEd Couns., GCHE, CPNLP, BA Distinction, HACA, and Foreward Contributor, Elder Dr Daniel N. Paul, C.M., O.N.S., LLD, DLIT.

Publisher:

Ability Therapy Specialists Pty Ltd

About the Book:

Powerful medicine. Revealing a rare glimpse into a natural sacred sexuality, gender, and identity. Honouring an often-hidden yet beautiful cultural landscape. This text is instructive, accessible, and scholarly, with a wholistic relevance and practicality. Mi’kmaq Puoinaq Two Spirit Medicine: Sexuality and Gender Variance, Spirituality and Culture is an insightful contribution to the fields of sexuality and gender, gay and lesbian, Native North American and Indigenous studies that can also be used as an integral text for courses in education, counselling, psychotherapy, psychology, social work, medicine, nursing, and health. An example of gay and lesbian emancipation at its best, this book is welcoming and empowering for LGBTIQ2S+ youth, adults and family struggling with identity, homophobia, gender bias, or racism. Dr Joseph Randolph Bowers is an Australian-Canadian senior Counsellor Psychotherapist and author of The Practice of Counselling, Sacred Teachings from the Medicine Lodge, and On the Threshold: Personal Transformation and Spiritual Awakening. Mi’kmaq Elder Dr Daniel N. Paul is a Canadian historian and celebrated author of We Were Not the Savages: First Nations History. The authors reveal how Two Spirit and Traditional Medicine have always existed and are being rekindled in our times. Includes illustrations and comprehensive bibliography.

Keywords:

Mi’kmaq, Micmac, First Nation, Two Spirit, Two-Spirits, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Sexuality, Gender, Spirituality, Culture, Integral, Ecology, Native, North America, Traditional Medicine

ISBN:

978-1-925034-08-0 [Hardcover]

2019 Release, 250 Pages

About the Authors

Dr Joseph Randolph Bowers PhD Couns, MEd Couns, GCHC, CPNLP, BA Distinction, HACA, is a Senior Counsellor Psychotherapist and Behaviour Specialist. He taught for two decades at Australian and Canadian universities in Counselling, Education, and Indigenous Studies. His works are kept in special collections with the Mi’kmaq Resource Centre, Cape Breton University, and Tepi’ketuek Mi’kmaq Archives, University of Saskatchewan. Since 2007, he is an Associate Scholar with the Centre for World Indigenous Studies USA. He is an author of over two hundred publications, including books The Practice of Counselling, Sacred Teachings from the Medicine Lodge, and On the Threshold: Personal Transformation and Spiritual Awakening. Dr Bowers works in community practice with Ability Therapy Specialists Pty Ltd in the mountains of New South Wales Australia.

Mi’kmaq Elder Dr Daniel N. Paul C.M., O.N.S., LLD, DLIT, is an historian and the celebrated author of We Were Not the Savages: First Nations History. His most recent book Chief Lightning Bolt is an inspired novel set in pre-contact Mi’kmaq society. Among many awards, Elder Paul received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Université Sainte-Anne (1997), Honorary Doctor of Law from Dalhousie University (2013), Order of Canada (2005), Order of Nova Scotia (2002), and the esteemed Grand Chief Donald Marshall Memorial Elder Award (2007). Elders Daniel and Patricia live in Halifax and enjoy life with many grand and great-grandchildren.