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Print Price: $121.99

Format:
Paperback
728 pp.
7 photos, 6" x 9"

ISBN-13:
9780199031719

Copyright Year:
2020

Imprint: OUP Canada


An Anthology of Indigenous Literatures in English

Voices from Canada, Fifth Edition

Armand Garnet Ruffo and Katherena Vermette

The most diverse and comprehensive anthology of Indigenous literatures in Canada.

Editor Katherena Vermette Winner of the 2021 Writers' Trust Atwood Gibson Prize

Over twenty years after the publication of its groundbreaking first edition, this collection continues to provide the most comprehensive coverage of Indigenous literatures within Canada available in one volume. Emphasizing the importance of the oral tradition, the newly revised and expanded anthology offers a diverse selection of graphic and short stories, songs, poems, plays, letters, and essays by exceptional writers from First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities across Canada.

Readership : An Anthology of Indigenous Literatures in English: Voices from Canada is suitable for courses on Indigenous literatures.

Reviews

  • "This wealth of literary and artistic production reflects the growing constellation and diversity in North American Indigenous Literatures."
    --Renae Watchman, Mount Royal University

  • "This updated anthology is a staple in the field of Indigenous literary studies. There is nothing else like it."
    --Deanna Reder, Simon Fraser University

Note: Every chapter includes:
- Biographical Headnote
- Chosen Works
- Publication Dates
A Timeline of Indigenous Literatures NEW
Preface to the Fifth Edition
Introduction
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
Mississauga Ojibwe
A Word to the Reader
The Life of Kah-Ge-Ga-Gah-Bowh
Catherine Soneegoh Sutton
Mississauga Ojibwe
Letter
Ghandl
Haida
In His Father's Village, Someone Was Just About to Go Out Hunting Birds
E. Pauline Johnson
Mohawk
A Cry from an Indian Wife NEW
Shadow River
The Song My Paddle Sings
The Cattle Thief
The Corn Husker
Canadian Born NEW
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
Coyote Challenges God
A Woman Receives Power from a Deer NEW
Marion Tuu'luq
Inuit
A Story of Starvation
Arthur (Art) Solomon NEW
Ojibwe Anishinaabe
Prisons Are an Abomination
Education
Spirit Helpers
On Native Spirituality
Opening the Bird Cages
Howard Adams
Métis
The Basis of Racism
George Blondin
Dene
My Own Medicine Story
What Is Medicine Power?
Alexander Wolfe
Saulteaux Anishinaabe
The Last Grass Dance
Basil H. Johnson
Ojibwe Anishinaabe
The Prophecy NEW
One Generation from Extinction
Is That All There Is? Tribal Literature
Birds
Rita Joe
Mi'kmaw
Today's Learning Child
I Lost My Talk
Micmac Hieroglyphics
Shanawdithit
The Lament of Donald Marshall Jr.
Learning the Language NEW
Justice NEW
When I am gone NEW
Louis Bird
Omushkego (Swampy Cree)
Wihtigo, Or The Consequences of Not Listening
Conversions to Christianity NEW
Duke Redbird

Chippewa Anishinaabe
The Beaver
My Moccasins
The Power of the Land NEW
Maria Campbell

Métis
Good Job Bob NEW
Jacob NEW
Beth Brant

Mohawk
Coyote Learns a New Trick
Swimming Upstream
Buffy Sainte-Marie
Cree
Universal Soldier
Now That the Buffalo's Gone
My Country 'Tis of Thy People You're Dying
The War Racket NEW
Annharte

Saulteaux Anishinaabe
Raced Out to Write This Up
Coyote Trail
Coyote Columbus Café
Got Something in the Eye
Exercises in Lip Pointing
How to Write About White People
Saskatchewan Indians Were Dancing
I Shoulda Said Something Political
Thomas King
Cherokee
The One About Coyote Going West
A Short History of Indians in Canada NEW
'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 Anishinaabe
heritage
howlin at the moon
for donald marshall
i'm not in charge of this ritual
if i ever heard
my sweet maize
the apocalypse will begin NEW
replanting the heritage tree
Brian Maracle
Kanyen'kehaka (Mohawk)
The First Words
Jeannette C. Armstrong
Okanagan
History Lesson
The Disempowerment of First North American Native Peoples and Empowerment Through Their Writing
For Tony
Indian Woman
Threads of Old Memory
Wind Woman
Keepers Words
Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak
Inuit
Kaugiagjuk
Shirley Sterling
Nlaka'pamux (Interior Salish)
From My Name is Seepeetza
Lenore Keeshig

Ojibwe Anishinaabe
After Oka-How Has Canada Changed?
Indians NEW
A Found Poem NEW
Dance NEW
O Canada (bear viii) NEW
The White Man's Burden NEW
Emma Larocque

Cree/Métis
A Personal Essay on Poverty
Beatrice Mosionier
Métis
From April Raintree
Rita Bouvier
Métis
when hope is lost
sometimes I find myself weeping at the oddest moment
papîyâhtak
winter is certain
a ritual for goodbye
Lee Maracle
Métis/Salish
Yin Chin
Charlie
Blessing Song NEW
Tomson Highway

Cree
From The Rez Sisters NEW
Why Cree is the Funniest of All Languages NEW
Alootook Ipellie
Inuit
Waking Up
Journey Toward Possibilities
Walking Both Sides of an Invisible Border
Summit with Sedna, the Mother of Sea Beasts
Margo Kane
Saulteaux/Cree
From 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
Report on Anna Mae's Remains
The Persistence of Songs
Some Grand River Blues
Inukshuk
Hotel Centrale, Rotterdam
Cry, a chorale, a work for theatre
My Discovery of America NEW
Ruby Slipperjack

Ojibwe Anishinaabe
Blueberry Days
Louise Halfe
Cree
Pahkahkos
She Told Me
Body Politics
Fog Inside Mama
Stones
My Ledders
The Heat of My Grandmothers
Residential School Alumni NEW
maskwa - bear NEW
ospwakan - the pipe NEW
Burning in this Midnight Dream NEW
Sharron Proulx-Turner

Métis
a horse's nest egg is very large
The house that's idle no more NEW
Monique
Mojica
Kuna/Rappahannock
From Princess Pocahontas and the Blue Spots
Garry Gottfriedson
Secwepemc (Shuswap)
Whiskey Bullets
Sun Peak Lies
Winter Horses
Deaf Heaven NEW
The Highway of Tears NEW
Micromanagers NEW
Secwepemcu'llucw NEW
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
Otipemisiwak NEW
Ode to the Red River Cart NEW
Fiddle bids us NEW
Louis' Last Vision NEW
Marvin Francis

Cree
mcPemmicanTM
PULLING FACES
BNA ACTOR
word drummers
Soup for the Hood NEW
Armand Garnet Ruffo

Ojibwe Anishinaabe
Poem For Duncan Campbell Scott
From Grey Owl: The Mystery of Archie Belaney
Rockin' Chair Lady
In the Sierra Blanca
Sacred Bear from Vision, 1959-60
Indian Canoe
On the Day the World
Begins Again NEW
Richard Wagamese

Ojibwe Anishinaabe
Returning to Harmony
From Indian Horse NEW
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
Steepy Mountains
Dog Girl Verse
when you
Constance NEW
Sa kee too win (elder's voice) NEW
Connie Fife

Cree
Dream
Driftwoodwoman
the knowing
speaking through jagged rock
poem for Russell
For Matthew Shepard
Exiled
Witnessing
Edmonton to Regina NEW
Drew Hayden Taylor

Ojibwe Anishinaabe
Pretty Like a White Boy: The Adventures of a Blue Eyed Ojibway
Someday
Marie Clements
Métis
From Urban Tattoo
Janet Rogers NEW

Mohawk/Tuscarora
What the Carver Knows
Giving a S**T, An Idle No More Poem
Human Rights
Readings Cards
No More Birthdays
Joseph A. Dandurand
Kwantlen
drunks, drifters, and fat robins
St Mary's I
perfection
nice day
My confession NEW
Living hell NEW
We walk together NEW
Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm

Ojibwe Anishinaabe
kegedonce
Grandmother, Grandfather
The Stone Eater NEW
Gregory Scofield

Métis
Nothing Sacred
Âyahkwêw's Lodge
Promises
Cycle (of the Black Lizard)
Warrior Mask
Ôchîm ¨ His Kiss
Hunger
My Drum His Hands
Wâstêpakâwi-pîsim
Night Train NEW
This Is My Blanket NEW
The Infinity of Maybe NEW
Dear Sir, To You I Say NEW
Ghost Dance NEW
Poem for the Group of Seven NEW
Randy Lundy

Cree
Geography
Heal
Old Man & Old Woman in the Garden
Migrations
She
Dawn
The Gift of the Hawk
Bear
Cypress Hills NEW
Surrender NEW
Eden Robinson

Haisla/Heiltsuk
Terminal Avenue
From The Sasquatch At Home NEW
David A. Groulx NEW

Ojibwe Anishinaabe
In the Cold October Waters
My Neighbour
One Swollen Afternoon
This Noise is Life
Half-Breed Trek
Our House Was on a Dirt Road
Water
What are Indians?
Philip Kevin Paul
WSÀNEC' (Saanich)
The Cost
Taking the Names Down from the Hill
On Their Wedding Anniversary
Descent into Saanich
Released from an Ordinary Night
Perching
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson NEW
Michi Saagiig Anishinaabe
Want
leaks
lost in a world where he was always the only one
Leaning In
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
Cree
how to hunt moose
worth
mama making moccasins
ceremony
on the first day NEW
bread crumbs NEW
when I think of Mama in Residential School NEW
Lisa Bird-Wilson

Métis
blood memory
Tanya Tagaq NEW
Inuit
From Split Tooth
Cherie Dimaline NEW

Métis
The Marrow Thieves
Tara Beagan NEW
Ntlaka'pamux
From In Spirit
Lesley Belleau NEW
Ojibwe Anishinaabe
Silence Is Not Our Mother Tongue
This Is Indian Land
Sunday at the Healing Lodge
David Alexander Robertson NEW
Swampy Cree
From Betty: The Helen Betty Osborne Story
Katherena Vermette NEW

Métis
mixed tape
indians
blue jay
family
where
bury me at Batoche
Dawn Dumont NEW
Plains Cree
The Stars (February 2008)
Waubgeshig Rice NEW
Ojibwe Anishinaabe
Dust
shalan joudry NEW
Mi'kmaw
Su'nl
Africa/Indigenous
That Leaving Night
Ceremony for You
(Untitled)
Jordan Abel NEW
Nisga'a
From The Place of Scraps
From Injun
Liz Howard NEW

Ojibwe Anishinaabe
Boreal Swing
Contact
Anarchaeology of Lichen
Knausgaard, Nova Scotia
Joshua Whitehead NEW
Oji-Cree
Jonny Appleseed
Billy-Ray Belcourt
Cree
The Rez Sisters II
Notes from a Public Washroom
Sacred
Colonialism: A Love Story
OkCupid
God Must Be an Indian
Love Is a Moontime Teaching
Acknowledgements
Table of Contents by Genre NEW
Index

Online Resources:
- Annotated bibliographies
- List of Indigenous festivals and writing workshops
- Links to author websites
- Links to topical essays and articles
- Film and media recommendations with annotations
- List of further readings with annotations

ARMAND GARNET RUFFO is an award-winning writer and poet. He is an associate professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Queen's University.

KATHERENA VERMETTE is an award-winning poet, novelist, and film writer.

Making Sense - Margot Northey
The Canadian Writer's Handbook - The late William E. Messenger, Jan de Bruyn, The late Judy Brown and Ramona Montagnes

Special Features

  • Single volume text showcases a range of opinions, voices, and styles, offering a wide-ranging survey of literature written by Indigenous writers within Canada.
  • Classic and contemporary selections feature works of historical importance by some of the best-known Indigenous writers in Canada, as well as innovative works by new writers.
  • Broad range of literary forms - including traditional songs, poems, plays, stories, and essays - gives students a diverse representation of Indigenous literatures.
New to this Edition
  • New editor and award-winning Métis writer, Katherena Vermette, brings her voice and perspective to this edition.
  • 15 highly acclaimed new writers - including Tanya Tagaq, Cherie Dimaline, Joshua Whitehead, and Billy-Ray Belcourt - broaden the scope of this expansive volume and give students insight into both modern and traditional Indigenous literatures.
  • 94 new selections - including 60 recent works of writers who were included in the last edition as well as 54 works of new writers to this edition - ensure this text is the most current resource available.
  • New coverage of key topics and themes - such as Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, LGBTQ+ issues, gender and sexuality, incarceration, and Idle No More - highlight crucial issues for students studying modern Indigenous literatures.
  • Alternative table of contents organizes the readings by genre - specifically poetry, prose, and drama - allowing both instructors and students to navigate the selections using a different approach.
  • New timeline of key events provides students with an overview of how Indigenous literatures evolved in Canada by highlighting the publication of key works, awards won by Indigenous writers, and other important developments.
  • New graphic storytelling - from David Alexander Robertson's graphic novel - showcases new directions in Indigenous literatures.
  • Updated headnotes highlight biographical details of each writer, giving students essential information they can draw on to fully understand and appreciate the readings.