Dr. Joseph Couture (1930-2007), known affectionately as"Dr. Joe," stood at the centre of some of the greatestpolitical, social, and intellectual struggles of Aboriginal peoples incontemporary Canada. A respected thinker and writer, as well as agifted orator, he easily walked two paths, as a respected Elder andtraditional healer and as an educational psychologist, one of the firstAboriginal people in Canada to receive a PhD. His work challenged andtransformed long-held views of Canada's Indigenous peoples, and hisvision and leadership gave direction to many of the current fields ofAboriginal scholarship. His influence extended into numerousareas-education, addictions and mental health treatment,community development, restorative justice, and federal correctionalprogramming for Aboriginal peoples.
With a foreword by Lewis Cardinal, A MetaphoricMind brings together for the first time key works selected fromamong Dr. Joe's writings, published and unpublished. Spanningnearly thirty years, the essays invite us to share in histransformative legacy through a series of encounters, with Aboriginalspirituality and ancestral ways of knowing, with Elders and theirteachings, with education and its role in politicization,self-determination, and social change, and with the restorative processand the meaning of Native healing.