Magic weapons
Magic weapons

Magic weapons : Aboriginal writers remaking community after residential school
Xwi7xwa Library, University of British Columbia

McKegney, Sam
"The legacy of the residential school system ripples throughout Native Canada, its fingerprints on the domestic violence, poverty, alcoholism, drug abuse, and suicide rates that continue to cripple many Native communities. Magic Weapons is the first major survey of Indigenous writings on the residential school system, and provides groundbreaking readings of life writings by Rita Joe (Mi’kmaq) and Anthony Apakark Thrasher (Inuit), as well as in-depth critical studies of better known life writings by Basil Johnston (Ojibway) and Tomson Highway (Cree). Magic Weapons examines the ways in which Indigenous survivors of residential schools mobilize narrative in their struggles for personal and communal empowerment in the shadow of attempted cultural genocide. By treating Indigenous life-writings as carefully crafted aesthetic creations and interrogating their relationship to more overtly politicized historical discourses, Sam McKegney argues that Indigenous life-writings are culturally generative in ways that go beyond disclosure and recompense, re-envisioning what it means to live and write as Indigenous individuals in post-residential school Canada."

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Foreword / Basil H. Johnston -- Acknowledgements and Permissions -- Introduction -- 1 / Acculturation through education : the inherent limits of 'assimilationist' policy -- 2 / Reading residential school : Native literacy theory and the survival narrative -- 3 / "We have been silent too long" : linguistic play in Anthony Apakark Thrasher's prison writings -- 4 / "Analyze, if you wish, but listen" : the affirmationist literary methodology of Rita Joe -- 5 / From trickster poetics to transgressive politics : substantiating survivance in Tomson Highway's Kiss of the Fur Queen -- Conclusion : creative interventions in the residential school legacy -- Endnotes -- Bibliography -- Index.


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