Dragonfly Kites is the reissue of Tomson Highway's Songs of the North children's book trilogy. Cree playwright and musician Tomson Highway created this series that focuses on the lives of two Cree brothers who live in northern Manitoba with their parents and a pet dog. The family is a traditional one that lives on the land and during the summer the family camps along one of the many lakes in the region. It is in this homeland that the two young children let their imaginations soar. Their playmates are the family dog and various baby animals and birds as well as sticks and stones.
A Tale of Monstrous Extravagance: Imagining Multilingualism is a slim volume from the University of Alberta Press and Canadian Literature Centre's Henry Kreisel Lecture series in March of 2014 by the talented playwright, novelist, and pianist/songwriter, Tomson Highway. Essentially a biographical tour of Tomson Highway's lifelong learning in cultural knowledge, languages (Cree, Dene, Latin, French, English, and Spanish), classical music, and world travel, the lecture touches on his early childhood, residential school, and adult years all told with delicious Trickster-like humour.
The (Post) Mistress is a new one-woman musical theatre work written and composed by Cree playwright, composer and classical pianist, Tomson Highway. The (Post) Mistress recounts the adventures of a small-town postmistress, Marie-Louise Faucon, who divines the contents of sealed letters that pass through her hands. Having worked at the same rural post office for many years (in the fictional northern Ontario town of Lovely, just west of copper mining town Complexity), the postmistress becomes deeply involved in the emotional lives of her clients.
Paasteewitoon Kaapooskaysing Tageespichit is the Cree language edition of Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, the award-winning play by Cree playwright, Tomson Highway. The action is set on the mythical Wasaychigan Hill Indian Reserve and focuses on the lives of seven "Wasy" men and the game of hockey. This fast-paced story combines tragedy, comedy and hope. Highway explores contemporary First Nation reality in the dominant Canadian society. Recommended for mature readers. Text is TH Cree.
Fox on the Ice: Maageesees Maskwameek Kaapit is Cree playwright Tomson Highway's third installment in the children's book series, Songs of the North trilogy. Previous titles are Dragonfly Kites and Caribou Song. In Fox on the Ice readers meet brothers Joe and Cody, their parents, and pet dog who all live in northern Manitoba. This Cree family maintains a traditional lifestyle and in a winter setting the family spends the day ice fishing. Everyone is enjoying the day as the family eats a hearty picnic lunch of bannock, whitefish, and tea.
Iskooniguni Iskweewuk, The Rez Sisters written in Tomson Highway's first language, Cree. As Tomson explains in his Note on Dialect, in English, this edition is written in the TH dialect of Cree as spoken in northern Manitoba and northern Saskatchewan. The Rez Sisters, first published in 1988, has gone on to become an internationally critically acclaimed play, included in all major anthologies of Canadian literature world-wide. In honour of the play's 20th anniversary, this Cree version of the Rez Sisters is released by Fifth House.
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 First Nations 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.
Comparing Mythologies by Cree playwright and novelist Tomson Highway is the publication of his Charles R. Bronfman Lecture in Canadian Studies at University of Ottawa given in 2002. In this brief pamphlet Highway brings his extensive knowledge of Euro-Western and Cree mythologies into an analysis of Canada's mythology. By drawing on Christian, Greek, and Cree myths and narratives, Highway explores the basic principles of each and compares them.