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Talonbooks' First Nations' Booklist

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A compilation of outstanding books about Aboriginal culture in North America, including stellar work by First Nations writers.
A Guide to B.C. Indian Myth and Legend

A Guide to B.C. Indian Myth and Legend

edition:Paperback

Boas, Teit, Hill-Tout, Barbeau, Swanton, Jenness, the luminaries of field research in British Columbia, are discussed here in A Guide to B.C. Indian Myth and Legend, and their work in Indian folklore evaluated. Other scholars, amateurs and Native informants of the past and present are given ample consideration, making this book a comprehensive survey of myth collecting in B.C. The aim is to reveal the true extent of this neglected body of world literature, and to begin to sort out the more valua …

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Dead White Writer on the Floor

Dead White Writer on the Floor

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : canadian

Dead White Writer on the Floor uses two literary conventions?theatre of the absurd and mystery novels?to create one of the funniest and thought-provoking plays ever about identity politics. In Act One, six “savages”; noble, innocent, ignorant, fearless, wise and gay, respectively; find themselves in a locked room with the body of a white writer, which they stash in a closet. None of them can figure out how he died or which of them might have killed him. They realize as they point fingers at …

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Discovery Passages

Discovery Passages

edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian

With breathtaking virtuosity, Garry Thomas Morse sets out to recover the appropriated, stolen and scattered world of his ancestral people from Alert Bay to Quadra Island to Vancouver, retracing Captain Vancouver’s original sailing route. These poems draw upon both written history and oral tradition to reflect all of the respective stories of the community, which vocally weave in and out of the dialogics of the text.

A dramatic symphony of many voices, Discovery Passages uncovers the political, …

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Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout

Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout

edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian

Based on a deposition signed by 14 Chiefs of the Thompson River basin on the occasion of a visit to their lands by Canadian Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier in 1910, Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout is a ritualized retelling of how the Native Peoples of British Columbia lost their fishing, hunting and grazing rights, their lands, and finally their language without their agreement or consent, and without any treaties ever having been signed. It is one of the most compellingly tragic cases of cu …

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Gabriel Dumont Speaks

Gabriel Dumont Speaks

Revised 2nd Edition
edition:Paperback
also available: Paperback
tagged : historical

In 1903, eighteen years after leading the Métis Army against the Northwest Expeditionary Force and the Northwest Mounted Police at Fish Creek, Duck Lake and Batoche, Louis Riel’s Adjutant General Gabriel Dumont dictated his memoirs to a group of friends, one of whom is thought to have written Dumont’s stories out in longhand during that epic meeting. This manuscript languished unseen and unpublished in the Manitoba Provincial Archives as part of L’Union nationale métisse de Saint-Joseph …

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The Edward Curtis Project

The Edward Curtis Project

A Modern Picture Story
by Marie Clements
photographs by Rita Leistner
edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian

Edward Curtis saw his job as that of creating a photographic record of “the vanishing race of the North American Indian.” His work therefore became as much a projection of colonial attitudes upon aboriginal peoples as it was an authentic record of their lives.

The Edward Curtis Project began when the Presentation House Theatre commissioned Marie Clements to write a play that would stage the issues raised by Curtis’ monumental but controversial achievement?to dramatize not only the creation …

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NEWS

NEWS

Postcards from the Four Directions
edition:Paperback

In this collection of short humourous essays originally written for the popular media, playwright, novelist and screenwriter Drew Hayden Taylor sends his readers fascinating and exotic postcards from his globetrotting adventures, always on the lookout for the NEWS about aboriginal peoples around the world. Organized around the thematics suggested by the four cardinal directions central to the Ojibwa peoples?East for beginnings and youth; South for journeys both physical and spiritual; West for m …

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Rose

Rose

edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian

Rose is the eagerly awaited third installment in Tomson Highway’s “rez” cycle?a large-cast musical set on the Wasaychigan Hill Reserve in 1992, reintroducing many of the characters from the first two plays, The Rez Sisters and Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing.

The play features, as the title suggests, Roses. One Rose has recently become chief of the reserve, a woman who must fight constantly to keep her position and maintain the integrity of her native culture. Another Rose died seven ye …

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