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Bear bones & feathers

Author: Louise Halfe
Publisher: Regina, SK, Canada : Coteau Books, ©1994.
Series: Wood Mountain series, 12.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Additional keywords : Aboriginal peoples, First Nations, women. Includes poetry about residential schools.
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Louise Halfe
ISBN: 1550500554 9781550500554
OCLC Number: 31782751
Description: 133 pages ; 23 cm.
Series Title: Wood Mountain series, 12.
Other Titles: Bear bones and feathers
Responsibility: Louise Halfe.

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Additional keywords : Aboriginal peoples, First Nations, women. Includes poetry about residential schools.

"First Nations Cree writer Louise Bernice Halfe sets out to heal the past in this powerful first book of poetry. Among her healing arts are Native symbolism and history, the memories of her childhood on the reserve, and her own dark brand of humour. ... Halfe is actively involved in reclaiming the long overlooked Native comedic tradition. Her poems about the erosion of old ways, the terrors of residential school and hth pain inflicted by alcoholism abound with satiric portraits and shared jokes, yet pierce the heart with their truthfulness. Her angriest poems, infused with dark humour, are written in a Cree-inflected English she calls her "grassroots tongue." It is with this voice that she comes to terms with the legacy of Catholicism in the moving poems "ten hail mary's" and "dear poop."

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