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Poetry Native American

Inconvenient Skin / nayêhtâwan wasakay

by (author) Shane L. Koyczan

illustrated by Joseph M. Sánchez & Jim Logan

by (artist) Kent Monkman

photographs by Nadya Kwandibens

Theytus Books
Initial publish date
May 2019
Native American, Places, Canadian
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    May 2019
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    Mar 2021
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Inconvenient Skin challenges how reconciliation has become a contested buzzword filled with promises and good intentions but rarely with any meaningful follow-through. While Canada's history is filled with darkness, these poems aim to unpack that history to clean the wounds so the nation can finally heal. Powerful and thought-provoking, this collection will draw you in and make you reconsider Canada's colonial legacy. The cover features the art of Kent Monkman, and the interior features work by Joseph Sánchez, a member of the Indian Group of Seven.

Written in English and Cree.

About the authors

Shane Koyczan is a Cree writer, poet and spoken-word artist who has performed around the globe. His writing and performance are vital, witty and sincere. He reaches the hearts of his audiences with his powerful verse and has brought the Canadian spoken-word movement to the international stage. He is the subject of Shut Up and Say Something, a documentary about his journey to reconnect with his estranged father, who is a residential school Survivor.


Shane L. Koyczan's profile page

Joseph M. Sánchez, a leader in Indigenous and Chicano arts since the 1970s, has worked with hundreds of artists creating work, developing exhibitions and advocating for the rights of minority artists, most importantly with the Professional Native Indian Artists (Native Group of Seven). A spiritual surrealist, Joseph's work is sensual and dreamlike, provocative and thought-inducing.


Joseph M. Sánchez's profile page

Jim Logan was born in 1955 in New Westminster, British Columbia and studied at the Kootenay School of Art in Nelson, BC. Logan's humor and affection for his culture is tempered by a concern for the restoration of identity and self-awareness within First Nations communities.

Jim Logan's profile page

Kent Monkman is a Canadian artist of Cree ancestry who is well known for his provocative reinterpretations of romantic North American landscapes in a variety of mediums, including painting, film/video, performance and installation. His glamorous gender fluid alter-ego Miss Chief Eagle Testickle reverses the colonial gaze, upending received notions of history and Indigenous people.


Kent Monkman's profile page

Nadya Kwandibens is Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) from the Animakee Wa Zhing #37 First Nation in northwestern Ontario. She is a self-taught portrait and events photographer and has travelled extensively across Canada for over 10 years. Nadya's photography has been exhibited in group and solo shows across Canada and the United States.


Nadya Kwandibens' profile page


  • Winner, CODE Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Young Adult Literature

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