Native Poetry in Canada
A Contemporary Anthology
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  • Publication Date: August 21, 2001
  • ISBN: 9781551112008 / 1551112000
  • 360 pages; 6" x 9"
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Native Poetry in Canada

A Contemporary Anthology

  • Publication Date: August 21, 2001
  • ISBN: 9781551112008 / 1551112000
  • 360 pages; 6" x 9"

Native Poetry in Canada: A Contemporary Anthology is the only collection of its kind. It brings together the poetry of many authors whose work has not previously been published in book form alongside that of critically-acclaimed poets, thus offering a record of Native cultural revival as it emerged through poetry from the 1960s to the present. The poets included here adapt English oratory and, above all, a sense of play. Native Poetry in Canada suggests both a history of struggle to be heard and the wealth of Native cultures in Canada today.

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“In one of her poems Rita Joe writes, ‘I lost my talk/The talk you took away.’ In another, she claims, ‘And I will relate wonders to my people.’ The first statement brings us face-to-face with the attempted destruction of Native People and their rich and varied cultures, including their mother tongues. The second affirms the blessings that poems can bring to a particular people and to others who want to listen. What the poets in this anthology bring to the page is, indeed, a series of wonders. Such a gathering of writers and words, to borrow a phrase from Wayne Keon, makes ‘all the stars/cooperate/and come out shining.’” — Lorna Crozier, University of Victoria, winner of the Governor General’s Award for Poetry

“This collection shows the breadth of contemporary Native poetry, from the resistance literature of the many poems remembering the murdered Helen Betty Osborne to the playful fishing game of Daniel David Moses; it is an excellent anthology.” — Terry Goldie, York University, co-editor of An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature in English

“Armstrong and Grauer have arranged a collection of works of extraordinary breadth in their thematic treatment of cultural, political, and spiritual subjects. Instructors will value the accompanying biographical information, the substantial selections from each poet’s work, and the authors’ prefatory comments, all of which situate this collection as an ideal text for the university classroom.” — Canadian Literature

Four Decades: An Anthology of Canadian Native Poetry from 1960 to 2000, Jeannette C. Armstrong
Tuning Up, Tuning In, Lally Grauer
A Note on the Text

CHIEF DAN GEORGE

  • A Lament for Confederation
    Words to a Grandchild
    If the legends fall silent
    Keep a few embers from the fire
    My people’s memory reaches
    To a Native Teenager
    I have known you

RITA JOE

  • I am the Indian
    Your buildings
    Wen net ki’l/Who are you?
    When I was small
    Expect nothing else from me
    She spoke of paradise
    I Lost My Talk
    Demasduit
    The King and Queen Pass by on Train
    Indian Talk
    Migration Indian
    The Legend of Glooscap’s Door
    Sune’wit at Kelly’s Mountain
    A Course of Study in School
    Fishing and Treaty Rights

PETER BLUE CLOUD / ARIONWENRATE

  • Alcatraz
    When’s the Last Boat to Alcatraz?
    Ochre Iron
    Bear
    Dawn
    Crazy Horse Monument
    Yellowjacket
    Sweet Corn
    Sandhills That None May Visit
    Crow’s Flight
    Searching for Eagles
    Old Friends

DUKE REDBIRD

  • The Beaver
    The small drum
    My moccasins
    Tobacco Burns
    The Ballad of Norval Morriseau

BETH BRANT

  • Her Name Is Helen
    Telling
    Honour Song
    Stillborn Night

MARIE ANNHARTE BAKER

  • Granny Going
    Penumbra
    Moon Bear
    Bird Clan Mother
    Pretty Tough Skin Woman
    Trapper Mother
    Boobstretch
    Raced Out to Write This Up
    His Kitchen
    Coyote Columbus Cafe
    Tongue in Cheek, if not Tongue in Check
    Coyote Trail
    Bear Piss Water
    I Want to Dance Wild Indian Black Face

SARAIN STUMP

  • And there is my people sleeping
    It’s with terror, sometimes
    Little traces in my mind
    I was mixing stars and sand
    He goes away
    Seven men on the rock upon the house
    Like little hands
    Round Dance

WAYNE KEON

  • Heritage
    nite
    an opun letr tu bill bissett
    a kind of majik
    the eye of the raven
    moosonee in august
    Kirkland Lake, Sept. 21
    eight miles from Esten Lake
    in this village
    for donald marshall
    smoke nd thyme
    i’m not in charge of this ritual
    if i ever heard
    Spirit Warrior Raven: Dream Winter
    the apocalypse will begin
    replanting the heritage tree

GORDON WILLIAMS

  • The Last Crackle
    Lost Children
    Dark Corners
    The Day Runs
    Ernie
    Creased Clinic
    Justice in Williams Lake

JEANNETTE ARMSTRONG

  • In-Tee-Teigh (King Salmon)
    Death Mummer
    Wind Woman
    History Lesson
    Dark Forests
    Green
    Rocks
    World Renewal Song
    Reclaiming Earth
    Apples
    Right It

BETH CUTHAND

  • Zen Indian
    Seven Songs for Uncle Louis
    Were You There
    Post-Oka Kinda Woman
    For All the Settlers Who Secretly Sing
    This Red Moon

LENORE KEESHIG-TOBIAS

  • (a found poem)
    At Sunrise
    New Image
    He Fights
    In Katherine’s House

EMMA LaROCQUE

  • Incongruence
    Commitment
    The Beggar
    Nostalgia
    The Red In Winter
    “Progress”
    The Uniform of the Dispossessed
    My Hometown Northern Canada South Africa
    Long Way From Home

RASUNAH MARSDEN

  • Father
    Condolences for Marius
    Three Objects
    Kinanti: A Fragment
    Valley of the Believers
    Wordmaker
    Dancing the Rounds
    OnYour Passage
    Tossing Around
    Yellow Leaves

SKYROS BRUCE / MAHARA ALLBRETT

  • when the outside is completely dark
    eels
    in a letter frommy brother, atlantis
    in/dian
    the mountains are real
    in memory of fred quilt
    her husband is a film maker
    For Menlo
    Linda Louise
    in the bath
    Father

LEE MARACLE

  • My Box of Letters
    War
    Performing
    Women
    Mister Mandela
    Leonard
    Razzleberries
    Autumn Rose
    Ta’ah
    Light

GEORGE KENNY

  • Rubbie at Central Park
    Poor J.W.
    How He Served
    Death Bird
    I Don’t Know This October Stranger

DUNCAN MERCREDI

  • my red face hurts
    Morning Awakening
    Blues Singer
    Betty
    back roads
    He Likes to Dance
    something you said
    born again indian
    searching for visions
    searching for visions II
    dreaming about the end of the world
    racing across the land
    yesterday’s song
    the duke of windsor

DANIEL DAVID MOSES

  • Song in the Light of Dawn
    A Song of Early Summer
    October
    The Sunbather’s Fear of the Moon
    Twinkle
    Ballad froma Burned-Out House
    Of Course the Sky Does not Close
    Crow Out Early
    The Persistence of Songs
    The Letter
    The Line
    Offhand Song
    Could Raven HaveWhite Feathers?
    Cowboy Pictures

JOAN CRATE

  • The Poetry Reading
    Can you hear me?
    Gleichen
    Story teller
    I am a Prophet
    Beaver Woman
    Empty Seas
    Departures
    Sentences: at the Culls’
    She is crying in a corner
    Unmarked Grave

LOUISE HALFE

  • Pahkahkos
    Nohkom, Medicine Bear
    She Told Me
    Ukrainian Hour
    Eatin’ Critters
    Picking Leftovers
    I’m So Sorry
    In Da Name of Da Fadder
    Der Poop
    These are the Body’s Gifts
    from Blue Marrow

MARILYN DUMONT

  • The White Judges
    Helen Betty Osborne
    Blue Ribbon Children
    Let the Ponies Out
    Horse-Fly Blue
    Letter to Sir John A. Macdonald
    Circle the Wagons
    Leather and Naughahyde
    It Crosses My Mind
    Instructions to My Mother
    The Sky Is Promising

ARMAND GARNET RUFFO

  • Poem for Duncan Campbell Scott
    Some
    Poetry
    Surely Not Warriors
    Grey Owl, 1935
    Mirror
    I Heard Them, I Was There
    At Geronimo’s Grave
    No Man’s Land
    Bear
    Fish Tale
    Rockin’ Chair Lady

JOANNE ARNOTT

  • Wiles of Girlhood
    The Shard
    In My Dance Class
    Manitoba Pastoral
    Proud Belly
    Song About
    My Grass Cradle
    Like An Indian: Struggling With Ogres
    Migration
    Protection
    MidLife
    Beachhead Dreaming

CONNIE FIFE

  • Ronnie, because they never told you why
    Communications class
    the revolution of not vanishing
    This is not a metaphor
    Stones memory
    We remember
    i have become so many mountains
    dear walt
    the naming

JOSEPH DANDURAND

  • This was One of Them
    I Touched the Coyote’s Tongue
    Someone
    Fort Langley
    One year
    Before me
    Feeding the hungry

KATERI AKIWENZIE-DAMM

  • stray bullets (oka re/vision)
    my grandmothers
    poem without end #3
    my secret tongue and ears
    from turtle island to aotearoa
    partridge song
    frozen breath and knife blades
    hummingbirds
    night falling woman

GREGORY SCOFIELD

  • What a Way to Go
    God of the Fiddle Players
    Cycle (of the black lizard)
    Unhinged
    Pawâcakinâsîs-pîsim, December • The Frost Exploding Moon
    Pêyak-Nikamowin • One Song
    T. For
    Not All Halfbreed Mothers
    True North, Blue Compass Heart
    I’ve Been Told

RANDY LUNDY

  • my lodge
    ritual
    ghost dance
    an answer to why
    a reed of red willow
    Ayiki-pisim/the Frog Moon (April)
    Pawacakinasisi-pisim / The Frost-Exploding Moon (December)
    stone gathering
    deer-sleep

Acknowledgements

Jeannette Armstrong is a novelist and essayist, and one of Canada’s most highly respected poets; her most recent book is Whispering Shadows (Theytus Press, 2000).

Lally Grauer is a Professor in the English Department at Okanagan University College.