An endearing historical text that brings you to the center of the East Prairie Metis community. Experiences shared by the firsthand accounts of Elders and settlers are supplemented with personal photographs and family recipes creating a deep connection to both the text and the community. Recipes such as Theresa Auger's "Bachelor Bannock" allow the reader to interact with a text on an extra-textual level as more intimate details of the community are brought out of the text and into the reader's kitchen.
Important events such as the construction of the first school in East Prairie in 1945 are honored memories illustrating the community's close kinship ties and their determination to survive despite the numerous obstacles they faced. These past experiences are connected to more recent events such as the construction of a youth cabin in 2001 highlighting the ways through which courage, resiliency and a hardworking nature are embedded in the DNA of the community.
About the author
Constance Brissenden, BA (UofGuelph), MA (UofAlberta, Theatre) has written with Cree author Larry Loyie since 1993. A non-fiction writer and editor of more than 14 books of history and travel, she was a writing instructor in Simon Fraser University's Writing & Publishing program for 18 years. Constance Brissenden met Larry Loyie in a creative writing class at the Carnegie Community Centre in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. She directed Larry Loyie's first play, Ora Pro Nobis, Pray for Us, performed in Vancouver as well as five federal prisons in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. In 1993, Larry Loyie and Constance Brissenden launched Living Traditions Writers Group to encourage writing in Aboriginal and other communities. A lifelong freelancer, Constance Brissenden continues to write, edit and teach writing and theatre. Together with Larry Loyie, she gives presentations on his books and co-teaches writing workshops