Comparing Mythologies

Tomson Highway
Grade Levels:
Eleven, Twelve, College, University
Multiple Nations
Book Type:
University of Ottawa Press

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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. From the Christian with one male God and the Greek with many gods, he explores these concepts with the Aboriginal (Cree) deity figure which is female. It is Highway's belief that the Canadian mythology or narrative is based on a combination of each of these founding myths. The lecture is introduced by John Moss who provides a brief background to Tomson Highway's artistic career.

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