Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion

Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion

by Drew Hayden Taylor


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Sir John A is an uproariously funny and sharply inquisitive new play from one of Canada’s leading Indigenous playwrights.

Bobby Rabbit, the play’s Anishnawbe main character, convinces his friend Hugh to accompany him on a “sojourn of justice” to dig up the bones of Canada’s infamous first prime minister and hold them for ransom. Decades before, a medicine pouch belonging to Bobby’s grandfather was taken away by the staff of the residential school where he was detained. The precious object was sent to a British Museum exhibition room for conservation – and now Bobby wants it repatriated. Along the way the pair pick up Anya, a bright, opinionated young woman who is fleeing a bad breakup and holds conflicting ideas about Sir John A.’s place in Canadian history. Not to be left out of the argument, Sir John A. himself, broadcasting live from nineteenth-century Ottawa and full of patriarchal contempt for those “strange and perplexing Indians,” shows up with opinions of his own.

Taylor’s twenty-seventh play, Sir John A: Acts of a Gentrified Ojibway Rebellion explores the possibility of reconciliation and urgently questions past and contemporary forms of Canadian colonialism. A contemporary classic!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781772012149
Publisher: Talonbooks, Limited
Publication date: 11/27/2018
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Drew Hayden Taylor is an award-winning playwright, novelist, journalist and filmmaker. Born, raised and currently living on the Curve Lake First Nation in Ontario, he has done everything from performing stand-up comedy at the Kennedy Centre in Washington, D.C., to being Artistic Director of Canada’s premier Indigenous theatre company, Native Earth Performing Arts. Drew has spent the last thirty years (and an equal amount of books) spreading the gospel of Indigenous literature around the world.

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