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In the Guardian on Monday, Helen Gilbert observed that
many Britons today are barely aware of the extent of their nation’s imperial history, but the wounds of colonialism are never far from the surface of indigenous arts in the dozens of countries that were once former colonies.
… colonialism … leaves more subtle legacies for contemporary indigenous artists in the form of stereotypes that are hard to shift. One of the most prominent is the idea that ‘real’ indigenous peoples do not lead modern lives but traditional existences, in remote areas of the world and in harmony with the natural environment. Indigenous or native arts are presumed to be polar opposites of the objects and images spawned by the so-called digital revolution in western arts.
The article goes on to discover – through a discussion with playwright Marie Clements about her book The Edward Curtis Project (with photographs by Rita Leistner) and conversation with other native artists about other works – that the image of aboriginal peoples living traditional lives is simply a stereotype, and that, in fact, native artists use technological means for artistic purposes as much as anyone else – perhaps more.
Read the full article here.
Our little end-of-year present to you is a miniature from M.A.C. Farrant’s delightful collection of very short stories, The World Afloat. Happy Holidays from Talonbooks!
Our Spiritual Lives
We’ve seen stains on tea towels that look like Jesus Christ’s face so we know he exists. And we know that dried seaweed can save the Douglas fir from extinction so we hang dried seaweed from the tree’s branches.Tuesday December 5, 2017 in Meta-Talon
A finalist for the 2006 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, In a World Created by a Drunken God has been in steady demand since it was first published 11 years ago. From 2006 until the end of 2017, In a World Created by a Drunken God was in print with its original cover, which showed moving boxes and a flip phone. Now, Talonbooks has reprinted In a World Created by a Drunken God for the fourth time, and it wears a dynamic, new cover …Tuesday September 26, 2017 in Meta-Talon
From Oral to Written is a study of Native literature published in Canada between 1980 and 2010, a catalogue of amazing books that sparked the embers of a dormant voice. Leading Aboriginal author Tomson Highway surveys the first wave of Native writers published in Canada, highlighting the most gifted authors and the best stories they have told, offering non-Native readers access to reconciliation and understanding, and at the same time engendering among Native readers pride in a stellar body of work. On Meta-Talon, read a selection from Highway’s prologue.Thursday August 10, 2017 in Meta-Talon
August 12 is Buy a Quebec Book Day – and have we got books for you! Browse our list of 12 august and recently published Quebec books – any of which we would, of course, recommend. Read the list, and then get out to your local bookstore this Saturday and show la belle province some literary love!
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