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Frog Lake Reader, The

introduction by Myrna Kostash

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list price: $26.95
edition:Paperback
category: History
published: Oct 2009
ISBN:9781897126462
publisher: NeWest Press
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Non-fiction authority Myrna Kostash merges the past and the present in The Frog Lake Reader, which offers a startlingly objective perspective on the tragic events surrounding the Frog Lake Massacre of 1885. By bringing together eyewitness accounts and journal excerpts, memoirs and contemporary fiction, and excerpts from interviews with historians, Kostash provides a panoramic perspective on a tragedy often overshadowed by Louis Riel's rebellion during the same year. The history is contentious and its interpretation unresolved, but The Frog Lake Reader, with its broad survey of vital historical accounts and points of view, offers the most comprehensive and informative narrative on the Frog Lake Massacre to date.

About the Author
Myrna Kostash's creative nonfiction continues to define and push the limits of the genre. Since the publication of All of Baba's Children in 1977, she has been a strong voice in depicting the Ukrainian-Canadian experience and its roots in European history. Her award-winning memoirs, essays, and other writing, along with her avid participation in the literary community, have garnered Kostash popular and critical acclaim at home and abroad. Most recently, she won the 2010 Writers' Trust Matt Cohen Award: In Celebration of a Writing Life. She lives in Edmonton.
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Kostash recounts the tragic events of the Frog Lake Massacre in 1885 where, under the leadership of Wandering Spirit, Big Bear’s war chief, a number of Plains Cree descended upon the village of Frog Lake, Alberta, killing nine white settlers and taking others hostage. Months later those who were convicted of the killings were hanged. The massacre at Frog Lake was precipitated by the adverse effects of colonization: Cree dislocation, starvation and un-kept promises by the government. Eyewitness testimonials, historical accounts, memoirs, contemporary newspaper reports, poems and excerpts from novels, as well as Kostash’s personal interpretations provide some answers to the controversial events. Includes Further Reading, Biographies of Cited Writers and a Chronology of Events.

Caution: Some violence, racist terms in historical context and sexual references.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2010-2011.

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