Dead White Writer on the Floor uses two literary conventions - theatre of the absurd and mystery novels - to create one of the funniest and thought-provoking plays ever about identity politics. In Act One, six 'savages'; noble, innocent, ignorant, fearless, wise and gay, respectively; find themselves in a locked room with the body of a white writer, which they stash in a closet. None of them can figure out how he died or which of them might have killed him.
The Lil'wat World of Charlie Mack contains the oral history and traditional stories and legends collected by Randy Bouchard and Dorothy Kennedy during their ethnographic study with Lil'wat Elder Charlie Seymour, also known as Charlie Mack (1899-1990). The collection includes background information about the Mount Currie Reserve as well as archival photographs and maps. Unfortunately there is no index available.
Circumstances Alter Photographs: Captain James Peters' Reports from the War of 1885 is a collection of 82 archival photographs including the Battle of Fish Creek through to the Battle of Batoche. Taken by a captain of the Royal Canadian Artillery's "A" Battery, part of the North West Field Force, this collection captures one man's viewpoint of the First Nations and Metis during the time of the Resistance. The book also includes the dispatches written by Peters that include letters and news articles from the period. Photographs of Beardy, Poundmaker, and Moosomin are included.
The Berlin Blues is a play by Ojibwe playwright Drew Hayden Taylor that captures his characteristic satirical voice. In this play, the setting is a small Ojibwe reserve community facing the dilemma of sacrificing their traditional values for the exploitative economic development proposed by a German-based company. The business proposal drops into the lap of the band office's economic development officer who deals with a German couple who plan a theme-park called Ojibway World.
Two Houses Half-Buried in Sand: Oral Traditions of the Hul'qumi'num Coast Salish of Kruper Island and Vancouver Island is a fascinating collecting of 60 oral narrative stories collected by Beryl Mildred Cryer and published between 1929 and 1935 in the Victoria Daily Colonist's Sunday magazine. The English woman drew on the knowledge of her neighbour Mary Rice for an introduction into Hul'qumi'num Coast Salish cultural traditions and narratives.
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.
Mature language and themes. Copper Thunderbird: A Play debuted at the National Arts Centre English Theatre. This play by Métis playwright Marie Clements tackles the fascinating and complicated life of Ojibwe artist Norval Morrisseau (1931-2007). The play is presented in a non-realistic, dream-like style and contains both coarse and poetic language. The old Norval is visited by a younger boy who takes him on a journey that examines the various events in the artist's life.
Recent drama written by Drew Hayden Taylor. He examines the personal interactions between two half-brothers on their first meeting. Jason Pierce knows he is part-Native as he packs up his worldly belongings for a new beginning living on his mother's reserve. He has never known his father but this is going to change. An unexpected knock on his apartment door is from his half-brother, Harry Dieter. Dieter is an American and his dying father is in need of a kidney transplant.
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.
Living by Stories: A Journey of Landscape and Memory includes a number of classic stories set in the “mythological age” about the trickster/transformer, Coyote, and his efforts to rid the world of bad people— spatla or “monsters,” but this 2005 volume is more important for its presentation of historical narratives set in the more recent past.