God and the Indian

Talon BooksSKU: 9780889228443

Author:
Taylor, Drew Hayden
Grade Levels:
Twelve, College, University
Nation:
Cree
Book Type:
PB
Pages:
80
Publisher:
Talon Books Ltd.
Copyright Data:
2014

Price:
Sale price$16.95

Description

At its core, God and the Indian, by celebrated Ojibwe playwright Drew Hayden Taylor, explores the complex process of healing through dialogue. Loosely based on Death and the Maiden by Chilean playwright Ariel Dorfman, the play identifies the ambiguities that frame past traumatic events. Against the backdrop of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which has facilitated the recent outpouring of stories from residential school survivors across the country, the play explores what is possible when the abused meets the abuser and is given a free forum for expression. While panhandling outside a coffee shop, Johnny, a Cree woman who lives on the streets, is shocked to recognize a face from her childhood, which was spent in a residential school. Desperate to hear the man acknowledge the terrible abuse he inflicted on her and other children at the school, Johnny follows Anglican bishop George King to his office to confront him. Inside King’s office, Johnny’s memories are fluid, shifting, and her voice cracks with raw emotion. Is the bishop actually guilty of what she claims, or has her ability to recollect been altered by poverty, abuse, and starvation experienced on the streets? Can her memories be trusted? Who is responsible for what? Taylor had produced a compelling 2-act play for a cast of two actors that will delve into the lives of an abuser whose actions forever changed the live story of one Cree child. This 2014 release contains adult themes.

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