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.
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.