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Coyote City / Big Buck City

Two Plays (Exile Classics Series: Number Twenty-Nine)

by (author) Daniel David Moses

Exile Editions
Initial publish date
Nov 2017
Canadian, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2017
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A respected First Nations Canadian playwright and Governor General’s Award finalist, Daniel David Moses is known for using storytelling and theatrical conventions to explore the consequences of the collision between Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures. Coyote City and Big Buck City are the first two in his Series of four City Plays that track the journey of one particular Native family between a world of Native spiritual traditions and the materialist urban landscape in which we all attempt to survive. Coyote City, a tragedy, begins with a phone call from a ghost that sends a young Native woman, Lena, her family in pursuit, on a search in the city for her missing lover Johnny. Big Buck City, a farce, tells the story of Lena’s subsequent Christmas reunion in that city with her family just in time for the birth of her own miraculous child.

About the author

Daniel David Moses, playwright and poet, is a Delaware who was born at Ohsweken, Ontario on the Six Nations lands. Now living in Toronto, he writes and works with Native and cross-cultural organizations. He is the author of Coyote City, nominated for the 1991 Governor General's Award for Drama, and The Dreaming Beauty, Big Buck City, Almighty Voice and His Wife, and The Mite Lines, a book of poetry. He is co-editor with Terry Goldie of An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature in English.

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Editorial Reviews

Coyote City . . . in performance clearly would become a poem in its entirety… I’ve read nothing that conveys so powerfully how Canada and the future look to young Native men and women who choose the company of their own dead in preference to life in a society with no role or place for them. It’s not just the best Canadian play I’ve read this year but the best in several years.” —Globe and Mail

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