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Me Funny

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An irreverent, insightful take on our First Nations' great gift to Canada, delivered by a stellar cast of contributors.

Humour has always been an essential part of North American Aboriginal culture. This fact remained unnoticed by most settlers, however, since non-Aboriginals just didn't get the joke. Indians, it was believed, never laughed. But Indians themselves always knew better.

As an award-winning playwright, columnist and comedy-sketch creator, Drew Hayden Taylor has spent fifteen years writing and researching Aboriginal humour. For this book, he asked a leading group of writers from a variety of fields -- among them such celebrated wordsmiths as Thomas King, Lee Maracle and Tomson Highway -- to take a look at what makes Aboriginal humour tick. Their challenging, informative and hilarious contributions examine the use of humour in areas as diverse as stand-up comedy, fiction, visual art, drama, performance, poetry, traditional storytelling and education. As Me Funny makes clear, there is no single definition of Aboriginal humour. But the contributors do agree on some common ground: Native humour pushes the envelope. With this collection, readers will have the unforgettable opportunity to appreciate that for themselves.

About the Author
Drew Hayden Taylor

Drew Hayden Taylor is an award-winning playwright, novelist, scriptwriter and journalist who was born and raised on the Curve Lake First Nation in Central Ontario. He is the author of over twenty-five books, and the editor of Me Funny and Me Sexy (Douglas & McIntyre, 2006 and 2008).

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Me Funny is an anthology of eleven essays written by Aboriginal humourists explaining and defining the indigenous sense of humour. Each essay is interspersed with hilarious examples. The authors depict the social functions of humour within Aboriginal communities. The book explains the need for humour to alleviate daily problems and put life into proper perspective. Within Aboriginal cultures and traditions, humour is a teaching tool, giving instruction about living and life experiences. The ability to laugh at oneself demonstrates pride and a strong self-assurance.

An award-winning playwright and columnist, Drew Hayden Taylor has spent fifteen years writing and researching Aboriginal humour.

Caution: frequent use of the word “Indian” throughout the book. The racial satire and related culturally stereotypical humour may be offensive to some. Some jokes contain sexual content.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2007-2008.

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