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Tomson Highway

Autor/a de Kiss of the Fur Queen

20+ obres 1,207 Membres 42 Ressenyes 2 preferits

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Tomson Highway was born December 6, 1951 in northwest Manitoba. He did not learn to speak English until he was six years old. In high school, he was considered to be a musical prodigy, and he later attended the University of Western Ontario where he obtained degrees in both Music and English. mostra'n més Highway then spent two years at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Music studying piano. He went on to study to be a concert pianist in London under William Aide He is best known for his plays The Rez Sisters and Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, both of which won him the Dora Mavor Moore Award and the Floyd S. Chalmers Award. In addition to writing plays, he has worked as a producer, actor and stage manager. Before his career in theatre, he spent seven years working with Aboriginal organizations. His Native Performing Arts Company is Toronto's only professional Aboriginal theatre company. Highway's awards also include the Governor General's Literary Award for Drama. In 1994, he was made a member of the Order of Canada. In 2000, Maclean's named him as one of the 100 most important people in Canadian history. In 2001, he received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award in the field of arts and culture. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys

Inclou aquests noms: Thomas Highway, Thomson Highway

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Obres de Tomson Highway

Kiss of the Fur Queen (1998) 423 exemplars, 12 ressenyes
The Rez Sisters: A Play in Two Acts (2010) 267 exemplars, 10 ressenyes
Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing (1989) 167 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Permanent Astonishment: A Memoir (2021) 68 exemplars, 5 ressenyes
Caribou Song / atíhko níkamon (2001) 66 exemplars, 8 ressenyes
Dragonfly Kites / Kíweegínapíseek (2002) 57 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout (2005) 24 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Rose (2003) 11 exemplars
Comparing Mythologies (2003) 10 exemplars
The (Post) Mistress (2013) 9 exemplars, 1 ressenya

Obres associades

Our Story: Aboriginal Voices on Canada’s Past (2004) — Col·laborador — 104 exemplars, 1 ressenya
An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature in English (1992) — Col·laborador — 76 exemplars
Me Funny (2006) — Col·laborador — 44 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Postcolonial Plays: An Anthology (2001) — Col·laborador — 32 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
Me Sexy: An Exploration of Native Sex and Sexuality (2008) — Col·laborador — 29 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water (2011) — Col·laborador — 17 exemplars
The Exile Book of Native Canadian Fiction and Drama (2011) — Col·laborador — 4 exemplars


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A Northern Cree family of four goes ice fishing. While Papa is using a motorized jigger to set up the net under the ice between two fishing holes, the eight sled dogs,which are at some distance from him, become distracted by a fox. Cody, the elder son, and the family pet dog, Ootsie, are by Papa’s side. Mama and the younger son, Joe, on the other hand, are resting on the sled when the huskies take off (with the sled attached) in order to chase the fox. Mama can’t stop the sled dogs with either her feet or her shouts.

Papa has to make a choice: lose his jigger and expensive net or lose Mama and Joe. Is there really a choice? No. Papa and Cody run off after the sled and are, of course, successful in stopping it. How could it be otherwise in a picture book for kids? Hugs are exchanged between the rescued and rescuers. Meanwhile Ootsie has saved the day by holding onto the net. Nothing has been lost at all.

Honestly? I was slightly disappointed with this book. Beyond the fact that the text introduces kids to a modern indigenous way of ice fishing and that the words appear in both English and Cree on the page, there isn’t much to this story. I’m also not a fan of Brian Deines’s fuzzy oil-paint illustrations. It’s supposed to be a beautiful clear day. The pictures don’t reflect this.

I don’t see this as an essential read.
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fountainoverflows | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Jul 16, 2024 |
A very interesting and indepth account of life in sub-Arctic Canada from a Cree perspective.
charlie68 | Hi ha 4 ressenyes més | Jun 12, 2024 |
As I read this book I couldn't help thinking about how different my life was from Tomson Highway's even though we both call Manitoba our birthplace and we grew up during the 1950s and 60s. There are many reasons for that difference but probably the biggest factor is that Highway is Indigenous and I am Caucasian. Many would say that I was privileged and I don't deny that but I don't think Tomson Highway would have changed his life for mine. This book is his paean to his life and family.

Tomson's parents, Joe and Balazee, are returning to Brochet from their caribou hunting trip on December 5, 1951. They are travelling by dog sled with Balazee and three children seated in the sled pulled by eight huskies. Suddenly, Balazee realizes she is not going to make it to Brochet to give birth and the family heads to a nearby island that shows evidence of people staying there from the smoke rising into the sky. When Tomson is born he is the eleventh child of the Highway family; however, five of those children died before reaching adulthood which makes a new child even more precious. Tomson is loved by his parents and he returns that love. He also loves his siblings but he is closest to the boy who comes after him in a few years, Rene. Rene is the twelfth and final child in the family. Neither Joe nor Balazee had any formal schooling but they wanted their children to have more choices than they had. So, when the children reach school age, they are sent off to a Catholic residential school where they stay from September to June. There is probably not person now living in Canada who doesn't know the horrible effects the residential school system had on the children who attended them. Nevertheless, Tomson Highway managed to succeed and prosper in the system. There was one priest who sexually abused the boys, including Tomson, but he does not dwell on that. Instead he describes eating great meals, studying hard, learning to play the piano, and the wonderful time of Christmas concerts. Interspersed with his descriptions of life at the school and the summer months spent back with his family. His love of sub-Arctic Manitoba,its flora and fauna, is mixed up with loving his family and friends. Although he left the North to continue his education and work, he says he still returns as often as he can.

One of the joys of this book is Highway's use of the Cree language throughout.and his explanations of how funny the language can be. Be sure to read the Author's Note at the beginning to learn how to pronounce words. The note about the names of people will be especially important as you continue to read the book. (I don't think I'll ever look at the name Jean-Baptiste whithout thinking "Samba Cheese" in my mind!) Since this book only takes us up to the time in 1967 when Tomson Highway graduates from Grade 8, I really hope he will write another memoir about the years that follow.
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gypsysmom | Hi ha 4 ressenyes més | Sep 4, 2023 |
Read to page 74 for book club (and then ran out of time). If found the narrative voice charming and positive, but the language was confusing and I was expecting a bit more of a critical reflection on his childhood from an adult perspective.
pgchuis | Hi ha 4 ressenyes més | Apr 20, 2023 |



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