Great Gift of Tears

Great Gift of Tears

by Heather Hodgson (Editor)




This collection signals the arrival of original and fresh First Nations voices in Saskatchewan and Canadian theatre.

Together the four plays trace the long journey aboriginal people have made from pre-contact time to the present by recalling old myths in order to weave them into their lives today. While embodying pain, these plays give people the strength they need to celebrate all they have survived and all they stand for.

The playwrights included in this collection:

Floyd Favel is a Cree Indian from Poundmaker Reserve. He studied theatre in Denmark, Italy and Japan, and has worked extensively across Canada at such venues as The Canada Dance Festival, the National Theatre School of Canada, The Citadel Theatre, New Dance Horizons, Globe Theatre and Fujiwara Dance Inventions. He is the director of Takwakin Intercultural Performance Laboratory.

Deanne Kasokeo is a member of the Poundmaker Cree Nation. She has had a number of plays produced: 'Takwakik' and 'Miyeskamik' for Muskwachees Dance Theatre, 'The 4 Seasons' for Wansukewin International Dance Troupe, and 'Antigone' for The Red Tattoo Ensemble. She is currently an English student at the University of Saskatchewan

Bruce Sinclair is a Saskatchewan-born Metis teacher, playwright, and actor. He has been involved in professional and community theatre since 1986, beginning with SUNTEP Theatre at the University of Saskatchewan. He currently lives with his family in Aylmer, Quebec.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781550501926
Publisher: Coteau Books
Publication date: 10/22/2002
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 6.44(w) x 8.68(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Heather Hodgson, the editor of The Great Gift of Tears, is a freelance editor who also teaches at the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College. Her editing credits include Seventh Generation: An Anthology of Contemporary Native Writing and the aboriginal writing portion of Sundog Highway, Coteau's anthology of Saskatchewan writing. Of Plains Cree ancestry, Heather Hodgson is originally from Moose Jaw, and now lives and works in Regina.

Table of Contents

Governor of the Dew: a memorial to nostalgia and love1
All My Relatives23
Mary of Patuanak133

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