Tomson Highway





Tomson Highway

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born
in Maria Lake, Manitoba, Canada
December 05, 1951

gender
male

website

genre

influences


About this author

In the six decades since he was born in a tent in the bush of northernmost Manitoba, Tomson Highway has traveled many paths and been called by many names. Residential school survivor, classical pianist, social worker and, since the 1980s, playwright, librettist, novelist and children's author.

He is fluent in French, English and his native Cree. In 1994 he was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada -- the first Aboriginal writer to receive that honour. In 2000, Maclean's magazine named him one of the 100 most important people in Canadian history.

He currently resides in Toronto.


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“English is so hierarchical. In Cree, we don't have animate-inanimate comparisons between things. Animals have souls that are equal to ours. Rocks have souls, trees have souls. Trees are 'who,' not 'what.”
Tomson Highway

“There's a major fault in Western society. It makes room for only one god, and in only one gender. There's no balance, no co-existence, no partnership.”
Tomson Highway

“Don't mourn me. Be joyful.”
Tomson Highway, Kiss of the Fur Queen

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