Porcupines and China Dolls is a brilliant novel written by Teetl'it Gwich'in writer Robert Arthur Alexie. He writes about a community in the Northwest Territories where many of the people live lives of desperate searching for relief from the pain and nightmares of abuses endured while attending residential school. The two male characters at the centre of this novel each suffered abuse at the hands of a priest at the school and when the former priest is seen on television the men's lives are thrown into despair and finally action.
Indian Killer is a mystery novel written by Spokane/Coeur d'Alene author Sherman Alexie. As the title indicates there is a serial killer on the loose on the streets of Seattle. And there are vigilantes out to pick off the skid-row Native Americans who live on the streets. The reader is never sure if the main character, John Smith, is in fact the serial killer. Smith was a Native American infant adopted at birth by a loving Anglo American couple. As an adult Smith finds he is lost and unwelcome in both Native American and Anglo communities.
The Toughest Indian in the World: Stories is a collection of nine short stories by the award-winning Coeur d'Alene writer Sherman Alexie. The stories include: Assimilation, The Toughest Indian in the World, Class, South By Southwest, The Sin Eaters, Indian Country, Saint Junior, Dear John Wayne, and One Good Man. Alexie writes with his usual talent for creating memorable contemporary Native American characters whose lives provide challenges and successes despite the racism and hostility of modern America. Many of the stories involve middle-class Native Americans who live in urban areas.
Reservation Blues is the first novel by Spokane/Coeur d'Alene writer Sherman Alexie. By blending humourous irony with detailed characterizations Alexie weaves a fascinating narrative about the return of the legendary Blues musician Robert Johnson to the Spokane rez. Haunted by his pact with the devil, Johnson catches a lift from a van driver on the rez and mysteriously leaves behind his guitar. This guitar becomes the catalyst for a group of friends to start their careers as a blues band.
The Scorched-Wood People: A Novel by Rudy Wiebe is the powerful portrayal of Louis Riel, the mystic revolutionary of the Northwest, and Gabriel Dumont, his commander-in-chief. Wiebe recreates an agonizing chapter in Canadian history which can never be forgotten Ã¹ the explosive world of the North West Resistence and the characters of the two men who led them. Written with powerful clarity and compassion, The Scorched-Wood People is an important work, an exploration of the faces of prophetic vision, the morality of politics and the nature of faith.
People of the Whale: A Novel by award-winning Chickasaw wrier offers readers a story about a Vietnam veteran who returns home after the war to find that all has changed. The hero, Thomas W. Just, was raised in a northern Pacific Coast village where his grandfather was a man with great spirital powers. Forced by peer pressure Thomas enlists and finds himself in a wartorn country and far from family and his childhood sweetheart. Thomas has a son with his wife Ruth and also a daughter with a Vietnamese woman.
NOT AVAILABLE The Pale Indian is the second novel by Robert Arthur Alexie, a Teetl'it Gwich'in (People of the Head Waters), who was born and raised in Fort McPherson in Canada's Northwest Territories. His first book was Porcupines and China Dolls. In 1972, John Daniel, an eleven-year-old Blue Indian from Aberdeen in Canada's Northwest Territories, and his six-year-old sister, Eva, were brought to live with a white couple in Alberta, having been removed from their parents by the Powers that Be. John promised he'd never go back. But in October 1984, at twenty-two, he broke that promise.
Me Sexy: An Exploration of Native Sex and Sexuality, compiled and edited by Drew Hayden Taylor, contains thirteen essays that explore the topic of Aboriginal sexuality, identity, and erotica. Contributors include Tomson Highway, Lee Maracle, Gregory Scofield, Makka Kleist, and Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm. The many highlights include Lee Maracle's creation story, Salish style; Tomson Highway explaining why Cree is the sexiest of all languages; Marius P.
Where the Blood Mixes: A Play by N'lakap'mux playwright Kevin Loring received the 2009 Governor General's Award for English Drama. This five character play focuses on the character of Floyd and his possible reconciliation and reconnection with his adult daughter. Floyd's alcoholism covers his painful memories of residential school. He struggles to find the courage to meet his daughter who was taken years ago by social services and placed with an urban foster family. Loring states that the play explores themes of life, death and renewal. Mature themes and coarse language.