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Stations of the Crossed

by (author) Carol Rose GoldenEagle

Inanna Publications & Education Inc.
Initial publish date
Oct 2022
Indigenous, Women Authors, Family
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Recalling Easter church services she attended as a child, Carol Rose GoldenEagle draws on the “stations of the cross,” the annual ritual of the priest presenting plaques depicting the stages of Christ's persecution to his resurrection. Using these early teachings as a springboard for critical reflections, the poems in Stations of the Crossed look back but, more importantly, look forward to reclaim the gifts given by Creator within Indigenous culture.

Carol Rose GoldenEagle's searing new poetry collection examines the dark legacy of the Residential School System, Church and government doctrine, and the ongoing impacts on Indigenous Peoples” lives across Turtle Island.

About the author

Cree/Dene writer and artist Carol Rose GoldenEagle was appointed Saskatchewan's Poet Laureate in 2021. She is the author of the award-winning novel Bearskin Diary. It was chosen as the national Aboriginal Literature Title for 2017. The French language translation, entitled Peau D'ours, won a Saskatchewan Book Award in 2019. Her first book of poetry, Hiraeth, was shortlisted for a 2019 Saskatchewan Book Award. Her second novel, Bone Black, was shortlisted for both the 2020 Rasmussen & Co. Indigenous Peoples’ Writing Book Award (Saskatchewan Book Awards) and Muslims for Peace and Justice Fiction Book Award. Carol's latest novel, The Narrows of Fear (Wapawikoscikanik), won the 2021 Rasmussen & Co. Indigenous Peoples' Writing Award (Saskatchewan Book Awards), and her poetry collection Essential Ingredients was shortlisted for the 2022 SK Arts Poetry Award. Carol was also recently honoured with the Saskatchewan Order of Merit. Stations of the Crossed is Carol’s third poetry collection.


A visual artist, her work has been exhibited in art galleries across Saskatchewan and Northern Canada. A CD of women’s drum songs, Squaw’kin Iskwewak Wymyns’ Songs, in which Carol is featured, was nominated for a Prairie Music Award. Before pursuing art on a full-time basis, Carol worked as a journalist for more than 30 years in television and radio at APTN, CTV, and CBC. She lives in Regina Beach, Saskatchewan.

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Editorial Reviews

"Written with power and grace, Stations of the Crossed tells the story of 'doors marked in blood' from the point-of-view of a Sixties Scoop survivor, honouring those who 'survive because they have learned how.' If this book makes you cry, let it. These poems of blood-memory and soul, heartbreaking police brutality, and misconducts of the system have strength, humility, and wisdom, and are urgent reading for anyone interested in reconciliation."
—Yasuko Thanh, author, Mistakes To Run With

"Stations of the Crossed takes apart this county's long history of trying to extinguish Indigenous culture, and the legacy of colonialism. Carol Rose GoldenEagle's own experience as a child of the Sixties Scoop is direct and especially moving. She replaces the Old Testament justifications with her own memories and reflections on community, and the ethical teachings and ways of being in Indigenous culture. It's been said if we only have one story, that's the story we become. This is a book about finding that new path, and the kind of story we need now-a true one."
-Bruce Rice, author of The Vivian Poems: The Life and Work of Street Photographer Vivian Maier

"With Stations of the Crossed, Carol Rose GoldenEagle has given us a profound piece of poetic storytelling unlike anything else. This compelling collection is a thorough exploration of the role of so-called faith in destroying Indigenous culture and identity, and her life-long resolve and resilience to restore Cree pride and understanding. In each piece, GoldenEagle directly responds to Bible passages and the historic rhetoric of the colonizers with heartfelt personal insights and truths, resulting in a strong statement of resistance and revival that will echo across the land."
—Waubgeshig Rice, author, Moon of the Crusted Snow

"Carol Rose's poetry is profound, phenomenal! The journey of words intertwining takes you to the past and the future. The connections intertwined uniquely exceptional while capturing the poetic beauty, and creation of a masterpiece! I survived genocide in and from the institutional residential school. I felt the journey, the shift through Carol Rose's incredible poetry. It brought me some tears. It put my life in a perspective of silhouettes and vivid picturesque. This is poetry you want to read again and again. I highly recommend for high school and university classes!"
-Bevann Fox, author of Genocidal Love

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