Watershed Stories

As a form of phenomenological investigation into the experience of being marginalized by an often invisible identity marker (e.g. sexual orientation), I listened to David McIntyre's (2006c) lyrics, as sung by the Prairie Pride Chorus, over and over again as I collaged. I could not help but recognize similarities between the experiences and processes of marginalization told in the stories, and my own journey of coming to speech as an animist, re-presented in many of the songs.

What might it take to have "animist" on the the list of identities recognized by anti-oppressive scholars and educators? And what might happen if it was? (see Bell & Russell, 2000, for a discussion of the need for more-than-human Others to be on this list; see Harvey 2006a, 2006b, for a discussion of the value of animism).