river woman is a collection of poems by Métis author Katherena Vermette, the Governor General's award-winning novelist and poet. Inspired by the famed geographic location of the Red River, the collection is divided into three sections: black river, red river, and an other story. Lines are simple and short expressing the poet’s relationship with the land and water. In the poem about New Year’s 2013 we find party-goers at the famed corner Portage and Main in downtown Winnipeg. They part on land that was a vital location for Indigenous Peoples but these folks are hopelessly unaware of such connections. Themes of Indigenous women, land, water, language, and reconciliation are at the core of this brief collection. Ideal resource for senior secondary level students studying First Nations and Métis literature. Recommended.