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Song of Rita Joe: Autobiography of a Mi'kmaq Poet

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Here is the enlightening story of an esteemed and eloquent Mi’kmaq woman whose message of “gentle persuasion” has enriched the life of a nation.Rita Joe is celebrated as a poet, an educator, and an ambassador. In 1989, she acceptedthe Order of Canada “on behalf of native people across the nation.” In this spirit she tells her story and, by her example, illustrates the expe ...more
Paperback, 199 pages
Published May 28th 1996 by University of Nebraska Press (first published 1996)
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I really enjoyed this text, although it does have some sensitive parts and should be left to a mature reader that is capable of handling the black and white truths of abuse- literal and metaphorical.
Cynthia Davidson
Since i have good Mi'kmaq friends in New Brunswick, and a husband who is a poet, i purchased this book, primarily for him, but (as is my habit) quickly read it before gifting it. ;-) (any one else guilty of this??)

I was sad to discover that the author had passed away, for it would've been wonderful to have met her. At least I have a friend who did know her, and was able to tell me more about what Rita was like. Books like these are good antidotes to the 'new age' writers, whose books are often m
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CBC Books: 18 August 15 - I Lost My Talk, by Rita Joe 1 4 Aug 18, 2015 05:18AM  
Rita Joe was born and spent her childhood on a Mi'kmaq Reserve at Whycocomagh on Cape Breton Island. She lived with foster families after her mother's death when she was just 5 years old. Orphaned when she was 10, Rita Joe left the island at the age of 12 to go to the Shubenacadie Indian Residential School on mainland Nova Scotia. Rita Joe later returned to Cape Breton to live on the Eskasoni Firs ...more
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