Ronald Cross, a Mohawk whose Italian heritage led to his being nicknamed “Lasagna,” was active in the Oka crisis, during which his image was seized upon by the media and made a symbol of the confrontation between the Mohawks and the Canadian and Quebec authorities. For Lasagna: The Man Behind the Mask (1994), Ronald Cross contributed additional information that brings the reader up to date on the situation in the Mohawk community, and on the Mohawks’ relationship with the neighbouring non-native communities, in both Canada and the United States.
Hélène Sévigny is a Montreal lawyer, journalist, and author. Intrigued by the curious and glaring contradictions in the media coverage of the Oka Crisis in 1990, she managed to gain access to Ronald Cross in prison, where he was serving the first eleven months of his sentence, prior to being granted bail. While Lasagna: The Man Behind the Mask is based on Sévigny’s original French language publication, it was supplemented with additional background material and updated to reflect the events of 1993 and 1994.
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