Campbell, Maria

 Maria Campbell, author (b at Park Valley, Sask Apr 1940). In her 3 books for children, Métis author Campbell wished to preserve elements of their heritage for Métis children. People of the Buffalo (1975) and Riel's People (1978) depict physical and spiritual aspects of traditional life on the prairies. In Little Badger and the Fire Spirit (1977), a girl visiting her grandparents is told of the legend of a blind boy who makes a dangerous journey to acquire fire for his people. Campbell's autobiography, Halfbreed, traces her life from a happy childhood in rural Saskatchewan into a young adulthood of drugs and prostitution in Vancouver, then back to the prairies, where she began writing and became actively involved in many native organizations. In 1979 Campbell was appointed Writer-in-Residence at the University of Alberta.