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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  14 ratings  ·  3 reviews
With Elijah Harper’s symbolic blockage of the Meech Lake Accord and the high intensity of the Mohawk Warrior Society’s defiant stand, 1990 marked a significant change for both First Nations and all the other people living in Canada. Sundogs is a novel about the struggle of a young First Nations family for love and solidarity in the context of that turbulent year. From urba ...more
Paperback, 215 pages
Published December 1st 1992 by Theytus Books
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I don't really know how to rate this. This book is a little rough around the edges and is a little unstructured in its second half but it is totally fascinating for its setting and subject matter, I don't know of much literature that centres around what it was like to be an Indigenous person in "Canada" specifically in the wake of the Oka Crisis, other than the great This is an Honour Song anthology which was published much later. The novel still ultimately tells a personal story and integrates ...more
The Oka crisis, a crisis which is mostly forgotten, lost, or ignored amongst most Quebecors. One forgets the useless violence and the use of much military in this conflict of interest which involves converting an ancient cemetary, filled with memories) into a golf course.
Lee Maracle has chosen a very direct language for this story, it is frakly her most "readable" story which involves a young woman who runs for the peace during the most traumatic part of the crisis. She sees the light because of
I found the poetic language too heavy and I got tired of feeling like I was just reading a long poem, but I really enjoyed the story itself and the people in it. Perhaps that's why I didn't enjoy the language as much, because it got in the way of the things I liked.

It is about a young woman in British Columbia who is trying to understand herself as First Nations and a woman in a world that doesn't seem to put much value in either complex identity. It is about her experience in the white world,
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Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, she grew up in the neighbouring city of North Vancouver and attended Simon Fraser University. She was one of the first Aboriginal people to be published in the early 1970s.

Maracle is one of the most prolific aboriginal authors in Canada and a recognized authority on issues pertaining to aboriginal people and aboriginal literature. She is an award-winning poet,
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