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.
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.
UNAVAILABLE Dragonfly Kites is unavailable through GoodMinds.com Dragonfly Kites is the second in 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.
UNAVAILABLE This title is unavailable from the publisher. Caribou Song is the first in 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 spring the family camps. The boys occupy their days with music and dance. Joe plays accordion (kitoochigan) while Cody loves to dance to the music.
In Kiss of the Fur Queen: A Novel by Cree playwright Tomson Highway, Jeremiah and Gabriel Okimasis, two Cree Indian brothers, suffer a violent conversion to Christianity at a Catholic residential school in 1960s Manitoba. Born into a magical Cree world in snowy northern Manitoba, Champion and Ooneemeetoo Okimasis are all too soon torn from their family and thrust into the hostile world of a Catholic residential school. Their language is forbidden, their names are changed to Jeremiah and Gabriel, and both boys are abused by priests.
The Rez Sisters is the award-winning play by Cree playwright Tomson Highway. Set on the fictional Wasaychigan Hill Indian Reserve, the seven main characters try to beat the odds at the “world's biggest bingo” game. The play is a powerful portrayal of Native women in contemporary society and combines humour, tragedy and passion. Recommended for university/college level Native Literature courses.
Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing is 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 Native Canadian reality in the dominant Canadian society. Recommended for mature readers.
Rose is the eagerly awaited third installment in Tomson Highway’s “rez” cycle—a large-cast musical set on the Wasaychigan Hill Reserve in 1992, reintroducing many of the characters from the first two plays, The Rez Sisters and Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing. The play features, as the title suggests, Roses. One Rose has recently become chief of the reserve, a woman who must fight constantly to keep her position and maintain the integrity of her culture.