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.
Slash is a powerful novel about a young Native man, Slash Kelasket from the Okanagan Nation of British Columbia. Slash's story begins in grade six where he is taught by nuns. His life is a struggle as he seeks to establish his identity through spiritual confirmation and active political struggle. Set in the turbulent times of change during 1960s and 1970s, Slash travels throughout the United States and Canada in a pursuit justice for all Native People. While trying to break the bonds of colonialism, Slash meets Native People of all political stripes.
Red Blood is the first novel by Jack Forbes, the Powhatan/Renape/Delaware/Lenape author, scholar and activist. Forbes draws from his Delaware ancestry to create contemporary characters set in the U.S. during the turbulent era of social change. Jesse Rainwater is a young Delaware man who travels throughout North America and Mexico. During his travels he encounters a variety of people and thereby gains insight into his own values, relationships, spirituality and heritage. Forbes began writing the novel in 1979 that is based on a lifetime of experience and research.
OUT OF PRINT The Black Ship has the distinction of being the first science fiction novel written by a First Nation's author in Canada. Author and educator Gerry William is Shuswap/Okanagan from British Columbia. The Black Ship: Book One of Enid Blue Starbreaks deals with the central character, Enid Blue Starbreaks, who is removed from her family and culture and compelled to exist within a foreign society. As a pawn within the dominant culture, Enid excels within the military system and is directed to capture the mysterious Black Ship.
Stones and Switches is the first novel by the late Mi'kmaq writer Lorne Simon. The story is set in Atlantic Canada during the Depression with a young Mikmaq man named Megwadesk as the central character. The young man must face an internal struggle as he is caught between the values of Christian beliefs and Mi'kmaq traditional culture. With the story set during the terrible years of the Depression, the characters struggle against poverty, racism, epidemics, and the forces of good and evil. Includes glossary and pronunciation guide for Mi'kmaq words.
In Search of April Raintree is the story of two Métis sisters growing up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. After the girls are removed from their family, they are sent to separate foster homes. Métis writer Beatrice Culleton Mosionier recounts their struggle with loss, violence, racism, and search for identity in this moving narrative. This novel has become an important text in recent Canadian literature. This new critical edition includes the complete text of the novel and ten original essays.
The Last Raven and Other Stories by Six Nations Mohawk writer Richard G. Green masterfully brings alive the struggles, adversities and triumphs common to contemporary urban/reserve Native North American Indians in Canada and the U.S. This collection of twelve short stories was selected from the author's extensive literary output. Green's stories have appeared exclusively in Native publications and literary anthologies. The Last Raven and Other Stories features a variety of characters ranging from adolescents to 30 something urban yuppies.