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Paperback 688 pp.
6" x 9"

ISBN-10:
0195443535

ISBN-13:
9780195443530

Copyright Year:
2013

Imprint: OUP Canada

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An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature in English

Fourth Edition

Daniel David Moses, Terry Goldie and Armand Garnet Ruffo

Daniel David Moses receives the 2015 Aboriginal Arts Award

Twenty years after the publication of its groundbreaking first edition, this collection continues to provide the most comprehensive coverage of Canadian Native literature available in one volume. Emphasizing the importance of the oral tradition, the anthology offers a diverse selection of songs, short stories, poems, plays, letters, and essays crafted by exceptional writers from First Nation, Inuit, and Métis communities across Canada.

Readership : Native literature and Native studies courses typically offered at the second- or third-year undergraduate level in English departments and Native studies departments at universities across Canada.

Reviews

  • "This textbook is indispensable to teachers and students of Native literature in Canada."
    --Allison Hargreaves, University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus


  • "This text is very much the gold standard of anthologies of contemporary Indigenous literatures in Canada. . . .Excellent new introduction by Armand Garnet Ruffo - the highlight of the new edition."
    --Daniel Heath Justice, University of Toronto

* = New reading
Preface to the Fourth Edition
Preface to the First Edition: Two Voices
Introduction (New)
Traditional Orature
Southern First Nations
Song for Medicine Hunting
Traditional History of the Confederacy
Song for the Burning of the White Dog
Traditional Songs
Inuit
My Breath/Orpingalik
Magic Words/Aua
Magic Words/Nakasuk
Song of the Girl Who Was Turning into Stone/Ivaluardjuk
Dead Man's Song/Netsit
Joseph Brant
Mohawk
Letter
Condolence Speech
George Copway
Ojibwe
A Word to the Reader
The Life of Kah-Ge-Ga-Gah-Bowh
Catherine Soneegoh Sutton
Ojibwe
Letter
Ghandl
Haida
In His Father's Village, Someone Was Just About to Go Out Hunting Birds
E. Pauline Johnson
Mohawk
The Cattle Thief
Shadow River
The Corn Husker
The Song My Paddle Sings
We-hro's Sacrifice
John Brant-Sero
Mohawk
Letter
Mary Augusta Tappage
Shuswap
Tyee - Big Chief
The Lillooets
Christmas at the Mission
At Birth
Martin Martin
Inuit
We, the Inuit, Are Changing
Alma Greene
Mohawk
From Forbidden Voice: Reflections of a Mohawk Indian
Harry Robinson
Okanagan
Captive in an English Circus
Coyote Challenges God *
Marion Tuu'luq
Inuit
A Story of Starvation
Howard Adams NEW
Métis
The Basis of Racism
George Blondin NEW
Dene
My Own Medicine Story
What Is Medicine Power?
Alexander Wolfe
Saulteaux
The Last Grass Dance
Basil H. Johnson
Ojibwe
One Generation from Extinction
Is That All There Is? Tribal Literature
Birds *
Rita Joe
Mi'kmaq
Today's Learning Child
I Lost My Talk
Micmac Hierogryphics
Shanawdithit
The Lament of Donald Marshall Jr
Louis Bird NEW
Omushkego (Swampy Cree)
Wihtigo, or the Consequences of Not Listening
Anthony Apakark Thrasher
Inuit
First Cage - Aklavik Residential School (1942-49) *
Inuit Koviasokmata - When the Inuit Were Happy *
Duke Redbird
Chippewa
I am a Canadian
The Beaver *
My Moccasins *
Maria Campbell
Métis
From Halfbreed *
Richard G. Green
Mohawk
The Last Raven
Beth Brant
Mohawk
A Long Story
Swimming Upstream
Coyote Learns a New Trick *
Buffy Sainte-Marie
Cree
Universal Soldier
My Country 'Tis of Thy People You're Dying
Now That the Buffalo's Gone
Emma Lee Warrior
Peigan
Compatriots
Annharte
Anishinaabe
Coyote Trail
Raced Out to Write This Up
One Way to Keep Track of Who Is Talking
Coyote Columbus Cafe
I Want to Dance Wild Indian Black Face
Got Something in the Eye
Exercises in Lip Pointing
How to Write about White People
Saskatchewan Indians Were Dancing
I Shoulda Said Something Political
Dad's Zipper
Thomas King
Cherokee
The One About Coyote Going West
'You'll Never Believe What Happened': The Truth about Stories *
Harold Cardinal
Cree
A Canadian What the Hell It's All About
Wayne Keon
Nipissing
heritage
howlin at the moon
for donald marshall
i'm not in charge of this ritual
if i ever heard
my sweet maize
replanting the heritage tree
back in therapy
on studying ojibwey (the people)
on studying ojibwey (earth mother)
on studying ojibwey (great mystery)
Brian Maracle NEW
Mohawk
The First Words
Jeannette C. Armstrong
Okanagan
History Lesson
For Tony
Sketches
Indian Woman
Threads of Old Memory
Fire Madness
Wind Woman
Keepers Words
The Disempowerment of First North American Native Peoples and Empowerment Through Their Writing
Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak NEW
Inuit
Kaugiagjuk
Shirley Sterling NEW
Nlaka'Pamux (Interior Salish)
From My Name Is Seepeetza
Beth Cuthand
Cree
Shake 'N Bake
Zen Indian
He Told Me
Post-Oka Kinda Woman
Lenore Keeshig-Tobias
Anishinaabe
After Oka - How Has Canada Changed?
From Trickster Beyond 1992: Our Relationship
Emma Laroque NEW
Cree/Métis
A Personal Essay on Poverty
John McLeod
Mississauga
The Shivering Tree
Beatrice Mosionier
Métis
From April Raintree
Rita Bouvier NEW
Métis
when hope is lost
a science dialogue in India
sometimes I find myself weeping at the oddest moment
a spider tale
a science dialogue
papiyahtak
winter is certain
a ritual for goodbye
Lee Maracle
Métis/Salish
Yin Chin
Charlie *
Tomson Highway
Cree
The Lover Snake
Aria
Alootook Ipellie
Inuit
Summit with Sedna, the Mother of Sea Beasts
Waking Up
Journey Toward Possibilities
Walking Both Sides of an Invisible Border
Margo Kane
Saulteaux/Cree
Moonlodge
Duncan Mercredi
Inninew/Cree
could be anyone but i call him syd
Statue
god shrugged and turned his back
big bear
kiskisin (i remember)
Daniel David Moses
Delaware
The Sunbather's Fear of the Moon
Inukshuk
The Persistence of Songs
The Line
Hotel Centrale, Rotterdam
Report on Anna Mae's Remains
Some Grand River Blues
Party Favour
Cry, a chorale *
Ruby Slipperjack
Ojibwe
Blueberry Days
Louise Halfe
Cree
Pãkahkos
She Told Me
Body Politics
Fog Inside Mama
Stones
Idylwyld Crow
My Ledders
for Omeasoo
The Heat of My Grandmothers
Sharron Proulx-Turner
Métis
a horse's nest egg is very large
Monique Mojica
Kuna/Rappahannock
From Princess Pocahontas and the Blue Spots
Garry Gottfriedson NEW
Secwepemc (Shuswap)
Whiskey Bullets
Journeys with Horsechild
Cowboy Up
Winter Horses
Sun Peak Lies
Portrait of a Writer
Marilyn Dumont
Cree/Métis
Squaw Poems
Let the Ponies Out
Horse-Fly Blue
Circle the Wagons
monuments, cowboys & indians, tin cans, and red wagons
the dimness of mothers and daughters
jig dream
Broadway
scorching
wrapping the bundle of my dream of you
throatsong to the four-leggeds
Marvin Francis
Cree
mcPemmicanTM
PULLING FACES
BNA ACTOR
word drummers
Armand Garnet Ruffo
Ojibwe
From Grey Owl: The Mystery of Archie Belaney
Poem for Duncan Campbell Scott
Rockin' Chair Lady
In the Sierra Blanca
Bear
Vision Quest *
Stone Canoe *
Richard Wagamese
Ojibwe
From Keeper'n Me
Returning to Harmony *
Robert Arthur Alexie
Teetl'it Gwich'in
From Porcupines and China Dolls
Paul Seesequasis
Cree
The Republic of Tricksterism
Joanne Arnott
Métis
Wiles of Girlhood
If Honour is Truth
White Belly
Steepy Mountains
Dog Girl Verse
When you
Lorne Joseph Simon
Mi'kmaq
From Stones and Switches
Connie Fife
Cree
Dream
Driftwoodwoman
the knowing
speaking through jagged rock
poem for russell
For Matthew Shepard
Exiled
Witnessing
Drew Hayden Taylor
Ojibwe
Pretty Like a White Boy: The Adventures of a Blue Eyed Ojibwey
Someday *
Marie Clements NEW
Métis
Urban Tattoo
Gerald Taiaiake Alfred
Kanien:keha'ka (Mohawk)
From Peace, Power, Righteousness
Joseph A. Dandurand
Kwantlen
dirt of the old ones
drunks, drifters, and fat robins
perfection *
nice day *
like candy *
St Mary's I *
Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm
Anishinaabe
kegedonce
the resurrection of desire
Grandmother, Grandfather
sturgeon
river song
desire
Gregory Scofield
Métis
Nothing Sacred
Âyahkwêw's Lodge
Promises
Cycle (of the black lizard)
Warrior Mask
Ôchîm - His Kiss
Morning in the White Room
Hunger
My Drum, His Hands
Unhinged
Wâstêpakâwi-pîsim
This Is My Blanket *
astâm pî-miciso *
Joseph Boyden NEW
Métis
Legend of Sugar Girl
Randy Lundy
Cree
Geography
Heal
Old Man & Old Woman in the Garden
Migrations
She
Dawn
The Gift of the Hawk
Bear
Eden Robinson
Haisla/Heiltsuk
Terminal Avenue
Philip Kevin Paul
WSÀNEC'
The Bare Story of My Life
The Cost
Taking the Names Down from the Hills
On Their Wedding Anniversary *
Descent into Saanich *
Released from an Ordinary Night *
Perching *
Richard Van Camp
Dogrib
Mermaids
the uranium leaking from port radium and rayrock mines is killing us
Why Ravens Smile to Little Old Ladies as They Walk By *
Rosanna Deerchild NEW
Cree
how to hunt moose
winter festival *
worth *
rain *
mama making moccasins *
ceremony *
blue *
Acknowledgements
Index

Companion website:
List of First Nations and Inuit literary festivals and writing workshops
Links to author websites
Links to topical essays and articles
Film and media recommendations
List of further readings

Daniel David Moses is assistant professor in the Drama Department at Queen's University where he is also a National Scholar. A respected poet and playwright, he received a Governor General's Literary Award for Drama nomination for his play Coyote City (Williams-Wallace Publishers, 1990). Moses is a registered Delaware Indian and hails from the Six Nations lands on the Grand River.

Terry Goldie is professor in the Department of English at York University where he teaches Canadian and post-colonial literature.

Armand Garnet Ruffo is professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Carleton University. Ruffo's work is strongly influenced by his Ojibway heritage and has been widely anthologized.

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Special Features

  • Showcases a range of opinions, voices, and styles, offering a wide-ranging survey of literature written by Canada's Aboriginal peoples.
  • Classic and contemporary selections. Features works of historical importance by some of Canada's best-known Aboriginal writers, as well as innovative new works by emerging writers and poets.
  • Broad range of literary forms. Includes traditional songs, poems, plays, stories, and essays, giving students a diverse representation of Native literature.
New to this Edition
  • New introduction by Armand Garnet Ruffo examines the evolution of Aboriginal writing in Canada, providing historical and critical context for students new to the study of Native literature.
  • Over 45 new selections - including work from 12 writers new to this edition - broaden the scope of this already expansive volume.
  • Updated headnotes highlight biographical details of each writer, giving students essential information they can draw on to fully understand and appreciate the readings.
  • New companion website offers students and instructors a wealth of additional information and resources to enhance the learning experience.