Ubuntu Relational Love

Decolonizing Black Masculinities

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Ubuntu is a Bantu term meaning humanity. It is also a philosophical and ethical system of thought, from which definitions of humanness, togetherness, and social politics of difference arise. Devi Dee Mucina is a Black Indigenous Ubuntu man. In Ubuntu Relational Love, he uses Ubuntu oratures as tools to address the impacts of Euro-colonialism while regenerating relational Ubuntu governance structures.

Called “millet granaries” to reflect the nourishing and sustaining nature of Indigenous knowledges, and written as letters addressed to his mother, father, and children, Mucina’s oratures take up questions of geopolitics, social justice, and resistance. Working through personal and historical legacies of dispossession and oppression, he challenges the fragmentation of Indigenous families and cultures and decolonizes impositions of white supremacy and masculinity.

Drawing on anti-racist, African feminist, and Ubuntu theories and critically influenced by Indigenous masculinities scholarship in Canada, Ubuntu Relational Love is a powerful and engaging book.


“With honest, raw, and at times emotional testimony, Mucina shows just how inscribed colonization is on Indigenous bodies and examines its impacts specifically on Black Indigenous masculinities.”

Robert Henry, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Calgary

About the Author

Devi Dee Mucina is an Assistant Professor in the Indigenous Governance program at the University of Victoria.

Table of Contents

Granary 1 Sharing Indigenous Ubuntu Knowledge
Granary 2 How to Walk this Path
Granary 3 Kwakukhona as a Method of Engagement
Granary 4 Ubuntu Orality as a Living Philosophy
Granary 5 A Stained Letter to Amai (Mother)
Granary 6 I am Your Son, Baba
Granary 7 Social Actions of Ubuntu Regeneration Beyond Colonialism
Granary 8 Stories of Blackness and Stories that Talk of Blackness
Granary 9 Regenerating Everyday Ubuntu Actions
Granary 10 Umuntu Ungumuntu

University of Manitoba Press is grateful for the support it receives for its publishing program from the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund; the Canada Council for the Arts; the Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage, and Tourism; the Manitoba Arts Council; and the Aid to Scholarly Publishing Programme.