Iskooniguni Iskweewuk, The Rez Sisters written in Tomson Highway's first language, Cree. As Tomson explains in his Note on Dialect, in English, this edition is written in the TH dialect of Cree as spoken in northern Manitoba and northern Saskatchewan. The Rez Sisters, first published in 1988, has gone on to become an internationally critically acclaimed play, included in all major anthologies of Canadian literature world-wide. In honour of the play's 20th anniversary, this Cree version of the Rez Sisters is released by Fifth House.
Misty Lake: A Play is co-written by Dale Lakevold and Darrell Racine about residential school experiences. The main characters in the drama are Patty, 25-year-old Métis journalist, and Mary, a 43-year-old Dene woman, who survived her residential school experiences. Their connections bring up distant and painful memories of childhood and broken families but they also bring forth laughter amid the tears. Each character finds her way back from the pain to begin a path of healing.
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.
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.
Monkey Business Theatre written by Robert M. Laughlin and Sna Jtz'ibajom offers readers a unique perspective on the development of Indigenous theatre among the people of Chiapas, Mexico. Robert M. Laughlin is an anthropologist who has worked with Sna Jtz'ibajom, the Tzotzil-Tzeltal Maya writers' cooperative, since the group formed in 1983. He presents information about the cooperative as well as providing the English translation for 12 plays developed by the participants of Sna Jtz'ibajom.
A Thousand Supperless Babes: The Story of the Métis is a dramatic play created by Lon Borgerson and the students attending the SUNTEP at the University of Saskatchewan. This work-in-progress tells the history of the Métis through story, song and dance. The 40-page book provides the script and background information as well as production photographs and cast lists from previous productions. The script and musical score are also provided on the accompanying CD. The music sung by Andrea Menard is also on the CD.
Three Plays: The Indolent Boys, Children of the Sun, and The Moon in Two Windows contains three plays written by Kiowa poet, playwright, and novelist N. Scott Momaday. The Indolent Boys is a play based on the 1891 tragedy of runaways from the Kiowa Boarding School who die during their efforts to return home to family. This play examines the consequences of the death of these children on the school teachers and administrators of this boarding school as well as the impact on the Kiowa families.
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.