Cottagers and Indians Front Cover

Paperback / softback
ISBN: 9781772012309
Pages: 128
Pub. Date: April 27 2019
Dimensions: 8.5" x 5.4375" x 0.25"
Rights: Available: WORLD
Drama / DRA013000

  • DRAMA / Indigenous Peoples in the Americas
  • DRAMA / Canadian

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Cottagers and Indians

By Drew Hayden Taylor

Cottagers and Indians explores the politics and issues surrounding a real-life event still occurring in the Kawartha Lakes region of Central Ontario. An Indigenous man, Arthur Copper, has taken it upon himself to repopulate the nearby lakes with wild rice, known amongst the Anishnawbe as Manoomin, much to the disapproval of the local non-Indigenous cottagers, Maureen Poole in particular. She feels the plant interferes with boating, fishing, swimming, and is generally an eyesore that brings down the property values of her cottage and those of her neighbours. Drew Hayden Taylor’s thirty-second play is a powerful dramatization of contemporary confrontations taking place between environmentalism and consumerism, Indigenous and non-Indigenous sensibilities.

“A deft touch for mixing comedy and commentary in an entertaining all-Canadian form of social satire."
Vancouver Sun

“Hayden Taylor’s play provides a powerful argument that relations between Canada and Indigenous people can become a life-giving force. However, the terms of this relationship must be based on Indigenous sovereignty over land."
Canadian Literature