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Glass Beads

by Dawn Dumont

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published: April 2017
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These short stories interconnect the friendships of four First Nations people — Everett Kaiswatim, Nellie Gordon, Julie Papequash, and Nathan (Taz) Mosquito — as the collection evolves over two decades against the cultural, political, and historical backdrop of the 90s and early 2000s. These young people are among the first of their families to live off the reserve for most of their adult lives, and must adapt and evolve. In stories like “Stranger Danger”, we watch how shy Julie, though supported by her roomies, is filled with apprehension as she goes on her first white-guy date, while years later in “Two Years Less A Day” we witness her change as her worries and vulnerability are put to the real test when she is unjustly convicted in a violent melee and must serve some jail time. “The House and Things That Can Be Taken” establishes how the move from the city both excites and intimidate reserve youth — respectively, how a young man finds a job or a young woman becomes vulnerable in the bar scene. As well as developing her characters experientially, Dumont carefully contrasts them, as we see in the fragile and uncertain Everett and the culturally strong and independent but reckless Taz. As the four friends experience family catastrophes, broken friendships, travel to Mexico, and the aftermath of the great tragedy of 9/11, readers are intimately connected with each struggle, whether it is with racism, isolation, finding their cultural identity, or repairing the wounds of their upbringing.

About the Author
Dawn Dumont is the author of Nobody Cries at Bingowhich was published by Thistledown Press in 2011 and was shortlisted for the City of Edmonton Award and the Alberta Reader's Choice.  She writes and performs comedy across Canada and sometimes sneaks into local poetry nights. You can also catch her on the APTN reality comedy series,Fish out of Water which she co-hosted with comedian Don Kelly. (She's the one screaming and falling out of canoes.)She is also the afternoon drive DJ for Voices Radio, broadcast across Canada (Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver, and Edmonton).  She writes a monthly column for the Eaglefeather News called, "That's What She Said." She divides her time between, Saskatoon, Edmonton, and the rest of Canada.
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