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published: Oct 1989
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Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing

by Tomson Highway

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list price: $12.95
edition:Paperback
also available: Paperback
category: Drama
published: Oct 1989
ISBN:9780920079553
publisher: Fifth House Books
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Nominee, Governor General's Literary Award for DramaDry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing tells another story of the mythical Wasaychigan Hill Indian Reserve, also the setting for Tomson Highway's award winning play The Rez Sisters. Wherein The Rez Sisters the focus was on seven "Wasy" women and the game of bingo, Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing features seven "Wasy" men and the game of hockey. It is a fast-paced story of tragedy, comedy, and hope.

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Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing

This powerful and complex play focuses on the lives of seven “Wasy” men living on the Wasaychiga Hill Indian Reserve on Manitoulin Island, and the game of hockey.We watch these men cope with their reality in a dominant white society. The playwright candidly presents some of the serious social issues facing Aboriginal communities: alcoholism, fetal alcohol syndrome and a sense of identity. Life often seems futile for them but through their bond of friendship and their ability to find humour in their daily lives, they prove resilient even in the face of tragedy. Cree and Ojibwy are used throughout.

This play won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best New Play and was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award.

Caution: Contains coarse language and accounts of violence against women.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2008-2009.

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