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A Thousand Supperless Babes: The Story of the Metis
Format: Paperback
, 2004
  • A Thousand Supperless Babes: The Story of the Metis is a theatrical play and interactive Compact Disc compilation, revealing the history of the Metis through story, song and dance. Set in New York City, far from the Metis homeland, A Thousand Supperless Babes tells a poignant history of a Nation, unfolding using the stories and experiences of Metis individuals and the reminiscences of Honore Jaxon, one of Louis Riel's secretaries. Through the use of cast monologues, this play promotes and preserves the tradition of Metis storytelling, as monologues have been created using stories of Metis history told to cast members by their ancestors. The compilation includes the play's script in both printed and electronic formats and an electronic Flash Presentation of historical images to be used throughout the performance. The compact disc also includes the musical score, performed by singer/songwriters Andrea Menard and Don Freed, accompanying sheet music, and other information that can be used by teachers and drama instructors to produce and perform A Thousand Supperless Babes: The Story of the Metis. Depending upon the theatre group or drama class, the script can easily be modified to include new stories based on cast member's family stories or other significant events in Metis history.

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alterNatives
Format: Paperback
, 2000
  • A very liberal contemporary couple, Angel, an urban Native science fiction writer, and Colleen, a "non-practising" Jewish intellectual who teaches Native literature, hosts a dinner party. The guests at this little "sitcom" soir are couples that represent what by now have become the cliche'd extremes of both societies: Angel's former radical Native activist buddies and Colleen's environmentally concerned vegetarian / veterinarian friends. The menu is, of course, the hosts, respectful attempt at shorthand for the irreconcilable cultural differences about to come to a head during the evening: moose roast and vegetarian lasagna.

    Like all of Drew Hayden Taylor's work, alterNatives manages to say things about "Whites and Indians" that one is not supposed to talk about, it digs up the carefully buried, raw and pulsing nerve-endings of the unspeakable and exposes them to the hot bright lights of the stage. That he does so with a humour that the politically correct among his audiences continue to miss entirely beneath the sound and fury of their own self-righteous indignation is a measure of his immense talent as a dramatist. In the end, the play is not about cultural differences at all, but instead constitutes a full frontal attack on the personal qualities the sitcom holds most dear and pushes hardest at its audiences: Taylor actually has the temerity to suggest that neither "attitude" nor "sincerity" are enough to address basic human issues, no matter which side of the cultural fence the characters are on. And that's hard for the pushers of what is considered a globally enlightened culture to take.

    Cast of 3 women and 3 men.

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Annie Mae's Movement
Author: Yvette Nolan
Format: Paperback
, 2007
  • Annie Mae''s Movement explores what is must have been like to be Anna Mae Pictou Aquash, a woman in a man''s movement, a Canadian in America, an American Indian in a white-dominant culture. This play looks for the truth by examining the life and death of this remarkable woman.

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Dead White Writer on the Floor
Format: Paperback
, 2011
  • A funny yet thought-provoking play about identity politics. Cast of 4 men and 1 woman.

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DraMetis: Three Metis Plays
Format: Paperback
, 2001
  • DraMetis is the first anthology to focus on the emerging discipline of Metis drama. The pieces have all been previously produced and highlight the diversity of Metis drama being written and performed in Canada.

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Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout
Author: Tomson Highway
Format: Paperback
, 2005
  • 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 Native Peoples 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. It is one of the most compellingly tragic cases of cultural genocide to emerge from the history of colonialism, enacted by four women whose stories follow each other like the cyclical seasons they represent.

    Written in the spirit of Shuswap, a “Trickster language” within which the hysterically comic spills over into the unutterably tragic and back, this play is haunted by the blood of the dead spreading over the landscape like a red mist of mourning.

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From the Heart: How 100 Canadians Created an Unconventional Theatre Performance about Reconciliation
Author: Will Weigler
Format: Paperback
, 2015
  • From the Heart - How 100 Canadians Created an Unconventional Theatre Performance about Reconciliation

    Over the summer of 2013, a group of over one hundred community members from 16 to 88 years old took part in an unconventional theatre production in Victoria BC. From the Heart: enter into the journey of reconciliation was performed in a beautiful 14,000 sq. ft. indoor labyrinth made from salvaged doors and windows, trees, and hundreds of metres of fabric, all lit by paper lantern lights. In the alcoves and chambers of the labyrinth, the audience encountered songs, scenes, and shadow theatre performances created by our ensemble of non-Indigenous Canadians to tell the transformative stories that have deepened our understanding about the lived experience of Indigenous peoples in Canada. We created the show to encourage dialogue about what it might mean for non-Indigenous people to take responsibility for learning more about our own history as a first step toward standing in solidarity with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people.

    This book tells the story of how the show was developed and what it was like in performance. For those with an interest in reconciliation, From the Heart offers a gripping example of how theatre can contribute to public dialogue in a creative and vital way. Community groups will be able to use the book as a model to create their own unique production of From the Heart based on the pilot project.

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Native Canadian Fiction And Drama
Format: Paperback
, 2010
  • A wide-ranging anthology of contemporary native fiction and drama, the work of men and women of many tribal affiliations, startling in their reinvention of traditional material and their invention of a modern life that is authentic. All these new (and some few older) writers operate not as apologists or explainers, but as present day story-tellers of their people: Richard Van Camp, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Melissa Hardy, Sharon Proulx-Turner, Lauren B. Davis, and of course, Daniel David Moses, along with fifteen other authors.

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Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth
Format: Paperback
, 1998
  • The emotional struggle of a Native woman who was adopted by a White family to acknowledge her birth family. Cast of 2 women and 2 men. James Buller Award for Playwright of the Year, 1997 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, Small Theatre Division, 1996.

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Someday: A Native American Drama
Format: Paperback
, 1993
  • Someday is a powerful new play by award-winning playwright Drew Hayden Taylor. The story in Someday, though told through fictional characters and full of Taylor''s distinctive wit and humour, is based on the real-life tragedies suffered by many Native Canadian families.

    Anne Wabung's daughter was taken away by children's aid workers when the girl was only a toddler. It is Christmastime 35 years later, and Anne''s yearning to see her now-grown daughter is stronger than ever.

    When the family is finally reunited, however, the dreams of neither women are fulfilled.

    The setting for the play is a fictional Ojibway community, but could be any reserve in Canada, where thousands of Native children were removed from their families in what is known among Native people as the "scoop-up" of the 1950s and 1960s. Someday is an entertaining, humourous, and spirited play that packs an intense emotional wallop.

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The Book of Jessica: A Theatrical Transformation
Format: Paperback
, 1997
  • Part dialogue, part narrative, part playscript, this unique book contains the award-winning play Jessica, as well as the extraordinary story of its making.

    After slipping into a life of prostitution and hard drugs, Jessica is rootless. She visits a Native elder who creates a ceremony in which Jessica’s animal spirits appear and promise to take her back through her life.

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The Bootlegger Blues
Format: Paperback
, 2014
  • This comedy by the author of Toronto at Dreamer's Rock and Education Is Our Right is about love, family, and what to do with too much beer. Set on a reserve, it follows the plight of Martha, a church-going, teetotaling woman who finds herself stuck with 143 cases of beer after a church fundraiser fails. She decides to bootleg the beer, to the horror of her son Andrew, nicknamed Blue, who is a special constable on the reserve.

    Meanwhile, Andrew has fallen for a young woman he thinks is his cousin, and his sister Marianne is bored with her "Indian Yuppie" husband and finds herself attracted to a handsome dancer at the powwow.

    The pace is fast and vigorous in this romantic situation comedy.

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The Rez Sisters
Author: Tomson Highway
Format: Paperback
, 1992
  • Winner of the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best New Play

    Nominated for the Governor General's Award

    This award-winning play by Native playwright Tomson Highway is a powerful and moving portrayal of seven women from a reserve attempting to beat the odds by winning at bingo. And not just any bingo. It is THE BIGGEST BINGO IN THE WORLD and a chance to win a way out of a tortured life.

    The Rez Sisters is hilarious, shocking, mystical and powerful, and clearly establishes the creative voice of Aboriginal theatre and writing in Canada today.

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Toronto at Dreamer's Rock. Education is Our Right: Two One-Act Plays
Format: Paperback
, 2011
  • In these two one-act plays, Drew Taylor delves into the past and speculates about the future as he examines the dilemmas facing young Native Canadians today.

    Toronto at Dreamer's Rock is a moving portrayal of a teenage boy who is torn between the traditions of his people, which he only vaguely understands, and the lure of modern life. His magical encounters with two members of his tribe - one from 400 years in the past and one from the future - make him aware of how little he has thought about what it means to be an Indian.

    Education is Our Right borrows from the familiar story of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, but in this version the spirits of Education Past, Present and Future attempt to show the Minister of Indian Affairs the error of his ways.

    Drew Taylor combines humour, passion, spirituality, and tough realism to create a hopeful vision of the future that will appeal especially to young adult readers. Both plays have toured extensively to schools in Ontario and Quebec.

    An Ojibway from the Curve Lake First Nations in Ontario, Drew Hayden Taylor has worn many hats in his literary career, from performing stand-up comedy at the Kennedy Center to being Artistic Director of Canada’s premiere Native theatre company, Native Earth Performing Arts.

    He has been an award-winning playwright, a journalist/columnist, short-story writer, novelist, television scriptwriter, and has worked on over 17 documentaries exploring the Native experience.

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Where the Blood Mixes
Author: Kevin Loring
Format: Paperback
, 2009
  • Irreverently funny and brutally honest Governor General's Award-winning play about loss and redemption. Cast of 2 women and 4 men.

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