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Native Writers and Canadian Writing

Native Writers and Canadian Writing is a co-publication with Canadian Literature – Canada’s foremost literary journal – of a special double issue which focuses on literature by and about Canada’s Native peoples and contains original articles and poems by both Native and non-Native writers. These not only reflect the growing prominence of contemporary Native writing but also direct the reader to the traditional literature from which it springs and which has been largely misunderstood by the non-Native community – myths, rituals, and songs having been interpreted more often as artistic “curiosities” rather than the masterworks of a different culture. Essays examining the conventional portrayals of Native people in literature touch on works which range from the eighteenth-century journals of explorer Alexander Mackenzie, to the novels of James Fenimore Cooper, and to early writers in Canada such as historian-humourist Thomas Chandler Haliburton.

306 pages

Table of Contents

Editorial: Learning to Listen


One Generation from Extinction / Basil H. Johnston

Reassessing Traditional Inuit Poetry / Robin McGrath

That Also Is You: Some Classics of Native Canadian Literature / Robert Bringhurst

“A Parcel of Whelps”: Alexander Mackenzie among the Indians / Parker Duchemin

Savage, Degenerate, and Dispossessed: Some Sociological, Anthropological, and Legal Backgrounds to the Depiction of Native Peoples in Early Long Poems on Canada / D.M.R. Bentley

Red & White Men; Black, White & Grey Hats: Literary Attitudes to the Interaction between European and Native Canadians in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century / Mary Lu Macdonald

Mourning Dove’s Canadian Recovery Years, 1917-1919 / Alanna Kathleen Brown

Contemporary Native Women’s Voices in Literature / Agnes Grant

Equality among Women / Mingwon Mingwon (Shirley Bear)

Jeannette Armstrong & the Colonial Legacy / Noel Elizabeth Currie

Yin Chin / Lee Maracle

Upsetting Fake Ideas: Jeannette Armstrong’s “Slash” and Beatrice Culleton’s “April Raintree” / Margery Fee

The Politics of Representation: Some Native Canadian Women Writers / Barbara Godard

Border Work / Celia Haig-Brown

A Double-Bladed Knife: Subversive Laughter in Two Stories by Thomas King / Margaret Atwood

Lines and Circles: The “Rez” Plays of Tomson Highway / Denis W. Johnston

The Baffin Writers’ Project / Victoria Freeman

Cultures in Conflict: The Problem of Discourse / Robin Ridington

The Prophecy / Basil H. Johnston


Artifacts / Frank Conibear

Negative of You; Shawnandithit (Last of the Beothuks); The Blizzard Moans My Name /

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