ContentsTraditional orature. Southern First Nations. Song for medicine hunting -- Traditional history of the confederacy -- Song for the burning of the white dog -- Traditional songs. Inuit. My breath / Orpingalik -- Magic words / Aua -- Magic words / Nakasuk -- Song of the girl who was turning into stone / Ivaluardjuk -- Dead man's song / Netsit -- Letter ; Condolence speech / Joseph Brant (Mohawk) -- A word to the reader ; The life of Kah-ge-ga-gah-bowh / George Copway (Ojibwa) -- Letter / Catherine Soneegoh Sutton (Ojibwa) -- In his father's village, someone was just about to go out hunting birds / Ghandl (Haida) -- The cattle thief ; Shadow River ; The corn husker ; The song my paddle sings ; We-hro's sacrifice / E. Pauline Johnson (Mohawk) -- Letter / John Brant-Sero (Mohawk) -- Tyee - Big Chief ; The Lilloets ; Christmas at the mission ; At birth / Mary Augusta Tappage (Shuswap) -- We, the Inuit, are changing / Martin Martin (Inuit) -- From Forbidden voice: reflections of a Mohawk Indian / Alma Greene (Mohawk) -- Captive in an English circus / Harry Robinson (Okanagan) -- A story of starvation / Marion Tuu'luq (Inuit) -- The last grass dance / Alexander Wolfe (Saulteaux) -- The prophecy ; One generation from extinction ; Is that all there is? Tribal literature / Basil H. Johnston (Ojibwa) -- Today's learning child ; I lost my talk ; Micmac hieroglyphics ; Shanawdithit ; The lament of Donald Marshall / Rita Joe (Mi'kmaq) -- Playing with girls is a sin / Anthony Apakark Thrasher (Inuit) -- I am a Canadian ; From We Are Metis / Duke Redbird (Chippewa) -- Jacob ; Joseph's justice / Maria Campbell (Metis) -- The last raven / Richard G. Green (Mohawk) -- A long story ; Swimming upstream ; Grandmothers of a new world / Beth Brant (Mohawk) -- Universal soldier ; My country 'tis of thy people you're dying ; Now that the buffalo's gone / Buffy Sainte-Marie (Cree) -- Compatriots / Emma Lee Warrior (Peigan) -- Coyote Trail ; Penumbra ; Raced out to write this up ; One way to keep track of who is talking ; Coyote Columbus Cafe ; I want to dance wild Indian black face ; Got something in the eye ; Exercises in lip pointing ; How to write about white people ; Saskatchewan Indians were dancing ; I shoulda said something political ; Me Tonto along ; Dad's zipper / Annharte (Anishnabe) -- The one about Coyote going west / Thomas King (Cherokee) -- A Canadian What the hell it's all about / Harold Cardinal (Cree) -- heritage ; howlin at the moon ; for donald marshall ; i'm not in charge of this ritual ; if i ever heard ; my sweet maize ; the apocalypse will begin ; replanting the heritage tree ; back in therapy ; on studying ojibway (the people) ; on studying ojibway (earth mother) ; on studying ojibway (great mystery) / Wayne Keon (Ojibwa) -- History lesson ; For Tony ; Sketches ; Indian woman ; Threads of old memory ; Fire madness ; Wind woman ; Keepers words ; Blue against white ; The disempowerment of first North American native peoples and empowerment through their writing / Jeannette C. Armstrong (Okanagan) -- Shake 'n bake ; Zen Indian ; He told me ; Four songs for the fifth generation ; Post-Oka kinda woman / Beth Cuthand (Cree) -- After Oka - how has Canada changed? ; From Trickster beyond 1992: our relationship / Lenore Keeshig-Tobias (Anishnaabe) -- The shivering tree / John McLeod (Mississauga) -- From April Raintree / Beatrice Mosionier (Metis) -- Yin Chin ; Sojourner's truth / Lee Maracle (Metis/Salish) -- The lover snake ; Aria / Tomson HIghway (Cree) -- Summit with Sedna, the mother of sea beasts ; Waking up ; Journey toward possibilities ; Walking both sides of an invisible border / Alootook Ipellie (Inuit) -- could be anyone but i call him syd ; statue ; god shrugged and turned his back ; big bear ; kiskisin (i remember) / Duncan Mercredi (Inninew/Cree) -- The sunbather's fear of the moon ; Inukshuk ; The persistence of songs ; The line ; Hotel Centrale, Rotterdam ; Report on Anna Mae's remains ; Some Grand River blues ; Party favour ; The witch of Niagra / Daniel David Moses (Delaware) -- Blueberry days / Ruby Slipperjack (Ojibwa) -- The poetry reading ; Story teller ; Encounter while fishing ; Wife and son of the sea ; The year of the coyote ; Heirlooms ; Sentences: at the Cull's ; Loose feathers on stone ; The fly and I ; Thank-you card / Joan Crate (Cree) -- Pahkahkos ; She told me ; Body politics ; Fog inside Mama ; Stones ; Idylwyld crow ; My ledders ; for Omeasoo ; The heat of my grandmothers / Louise Halfe (Cree) -- a horse's nest egg is very large / Sharron Proulx-Turner (Metis) -- From Princess Pocahontas and the blue spots / Monique Mojica (Kuna/Rappahannock) -- Squaw poems ; Let the ponies out ; Horse-fly blue ; Circle the wagons ; monuments, cowboys & indians, tin cans, and red wagons ; the dimness of mothers and daughters ; jig dream ; Broadway ; scorching ; wrapping the bundle of my dream of you ; throatsong to the four-legged / Marilyn Dumont (Cree/Metis) -- mcPemmican ; PULLING FACES ; BNA ACTOR ; word drummer / Marvin Francis (Cree) -- From Grey Owl: the mystery of Archie Belaney ; Poem for Duncan Campbell Scott ; Creating a country ; Rockin' chair lady ; In the Sierra Blanca ; On the line ; Bear ; Postscript / Armand Garnet Ruffo (Ojibwa) -- From Keeper'n me / Richard Wagamese (Ojibwa) -- The Republic of Tricksterism / Paul Seesequasis (Cree) -- Wiles of girlhood ; In honour is truth ; White Belly ; Steepy Mountains ; Dog Girl verse ; when you / Joanne Arnott (Metis) -- From Stones and switches / Lorne Joseph Simon (Mi'kmaq) --Dream ; Driftwoodwoman ; i have become so many mountains ; the knowing ; dear walt ; speaking through jagged rock ; poem for Russell ; For Mathew Shepard ; Exiled ; Politics ; For James Byrd Jr ; Witnessing / Connie Fife (Cree) -- Pretty like a white boy: the adventures of a blue eyed Ojibway / Drew Hayden Taylor (Ojibwa) -- dirt of the old ones ; drunks, drifters, and fat robins / Joseph A. Dandurand (Kwantlen) -- A mountain legend / Jordan Wheeler (Metis) -- kegedonce ; the resurrection of desire ; words for winter ; Grandmother, grandfather ; Why this woman ; sturgeon ; river song ; desire / Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm (Anishnaabe) -- Nothing sacred ; Ayahkwew's lodge ; Promises ; Cycle (of the black lizard) ; Warrior mask ; Ochim - his kiss ; Morning in the white room ; Hunger ; My drum, his hands ; Unhinged ; Wastepakawi-pisim ; Night train / Gregory Scofield (Metis) -- Geography ; Heal ; Old Man & Old Woman in the garden ; Migrations ; She ; Dawn ; The gift of the hawk ; Bear / Randy Lundy (Barren Lands First Nation) -- Terminal Avenue / Eden Robinson (Haisla/Heiltsuk) -- In the cold October waters ; Victims of lashing under the hanging sky ; Wouldn't we be fucked ; The lond dance / David A. Groulx (Ojibwa) -- The bare story of my life ; The cost ; Taking the names down from the hills / Philip Kevin Paul (Wsa'nec') -- Mermaids ; the uranium leaking from port radium and rayrock mines is killing us ; My fifth step / Richard Van Camp (Dogrib).
NotesIncludes bibliographical references and index.