400 Kilometres is the third play in Drew Hayden Taylor's hilarious and heart-wrenching identity-politics trilogy. Janice Wirth, a thirty-something urban professional, having discovered her roots as the Ojibwe orphan Grace Wabung in Someday, and having visited her birth family on the Otter Lake Reserve in Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth, is pregnant, and must now come to grips with the question of her true identity. Her adoptive parents have just retired, and are about to sell their house to embark on a quest for their own identity by returning to England.
Almighty Voice and His Wife: A Play is a 2-act drama about a Cree couple during the time following the Riel Rebellion by Delaware (Six Nations) playwright Daniel David Moses. The drama takes an historical person, Almighty Voice, and combines this narrative with a satirical perspective of a minstrel show featuring two "white-face" Indians commenting on the appropriation of the Aboriginal voice. This is the second edition of the book first released in 2001.
Seven plays adapted from traditional legends suitable for classroom adaptations for grades three to six. Includes background information, ideas for props, scenery, stage directions and costumes. Performance and photocopying rights are granted for school and home performances. Plays include Gluskabe and Old Man Winter (Abenaki), Star Sisters (Ojibway), Possum's Tail (Cherokee), Wihio's Duck Dance (Cheyenne), Pushing Up the Sky (Snohomish), The Cannibal Monster (Tlingit), and The Strongest One (Zuni). Full colour illustrations add helpful detail.
fareWel is a play by Métis playwright Ian Ross. In this story life is tense on the Partridge Crop Reserve. The Chief is in Las Vegas (again), the band is in receivership, and there's a move on to unilaterally declare self-government. And now that the welfare cheques have gone missing, the people of this fictional First Nation are forced to take control of their lives. fareWel is a raw and funny look at a group of ordinary people tackling some extraordinarily big issues.
Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth is the emotional story of a woman's struggle to acknowledge her birth family. Grace, a First Nation girl adopted by a White family, is asked by her birth sister to return to the Reserve for their mother's funeral. Afraid of opening old wounds, Grace must find a place where the culture of her past can feed the truth of her present. Ojibwe playwright was the Winner of the 1996 Dora Mavor Moore Award Small Theatre: Outstanding New Play.
The Baby Blues by Ojibwe playwright Drew Hayden Taylor is a social satire mixed with a large dose of Indigenous humour about identity, parenthood, powwows, and stereotypes. An aging fancy dancer, a young fancy dancer, an anthropology student with 1/64th Aboriginal heritage, a single-parent mom, and her daughter all meet during a powwow weekend. All participants in this drama learn important lessons about themselves, life, and First Nations cultures.
alterNatives: A Play by Ojibwe playwright sets the stage with a very liberal contemporary couple, Angel, an urban Native science fiction writer, and Colleen, a non-practising Jewish intellectual who teaches Native literature as the pair hosts a dinner party. The guests at this little sitcom soiree are couples that represent what by now have become the cliched extremes of both societies: Angel's former radical Native activist buddies and Colleen's environmentally concerned vegetarian / veterinarian friends.
The Boy in the Treehouse, and Girl Who Loved Her Horses is collection of two plays about the process of children becoming adults by Ojibwe playwright Drew Hayden Taylor. In The Boy in the Treehouse, Simon, the son of an Ojibwe mother and a British father, climbs into his half-finished tree house on the vision-quest his books say is necessary for him to reclaim his mother's culture.
The Buz'Gem Blues is the third play in Drew Hayden Taylor's ongoing zany, outrageous, often farcical examination of both Native and non-Native stereotypes in what is to become what he calls his Blues Quartet. Marianne has talked her mother, Martha, into attending an Elders conference with her, where she is to be used as a resource person, even though Martha doesn't believe she has anything to offer anyone.
Toronto at Dreamer's Rock and Education is Our Right: Two One-Act Plays was the first book by critically acclaimed Ojibway playwright, Drew Hayden Taylor. In these two plays, Taylor explores the dilemmas facing Aboriginal youth today. In Toronto at Dreamer's Rock, a teenage youth is torn between the traditions of his people and the lure of urban life. During a vision quest, Rusty meets two people from his Nation - one from 400 years in the past and one from the future.