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The Land called morning : three plays.

Author: Valerie Dudoward; John Selkirk
Publisher: Saskatoon, Sask. : Fifth House, 1986.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The first play in the book is "Teach Me the Ways of the Sacred Circle," by Valerie Dudoward. Set in Vancouver, it depicts the lives of three Indian teenagers who are just about to graduate from high school. Each is attracted by the opportunities of the city, but each responds in a different way to the call of a common Indian heritage. Sam decides to accept a job offer at the reserve. Elaine takes a job as a pow-wow
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Genre/Form: Drama
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Valerie Dudoward; John Selkirk
ISBN: 0920079261 9780920079263 0920079245 9780920079249
OCLC Number: 15561923
Description: xiii, 112 pages ; 19 cm
Contents: Teach me the ways of the sacred circle / Valerie Dudoward --
Gabrielle / created by Upisasik Theatre of Rossignol School --
The land called morning / by John Selkirk with Gordon Selkirk.
Other Titles: Gabrielle.

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"The first play in the book is "Teach Me the Ways of the Sacred Circle," by Valerie Dudoward. Set in Vancouver, it depicts the lives of three Indian teenagers who are just about to graduate from high school. Each is attracted by the opportunities of the city, but each responds in a different way to the call of a common Indian heritage. Sam decides to accept a job offer at the reserve. Elaine takes a job as a pow-wow dancer for the summer to obtain Indian ideas for her art studies. The main character. Matt, goes to the bedside of Granny, critically ill in hospital. She comes out of a coma and asks him to go back with her to Fort Simpson to learn of his own origins.

"Gabrielle," by Loris Bergerson, deals with the efforts of a band of Indians to fight the opening of an oilfield on their land. Their spokesperson is Gabrielle, a band member and law student. Gabrielle is inspired by the ghost of Louis Riel, who encourages her at crucial moments. Probably falsely, she blames her frustrations and the completely negative response from officialdom on her Indian background.

In the title play, "The Land Called Morning," by John Selkirk, we meet four young Indians: Robin, a young boxer who becomes Canadian champion; Patsy, his girl friend and the mother of his son; Anne, his sister, a sensitive nature lover who commits suicide; and Peter, Robin's wild chum, who breaks into the school to find out where Seoul, Korea is. They too reflect their Indian heritage, both the good and the bad. Peter uses language that might create problems in some communities. Although the title play appeared in Five From the Fringe,* this is one of the first collections written by Indians about Indians. They depict themselves as high school graduates with the potential for post-secondary education, bravely attacking the problems of growing up. The Indian heritage is presented positively as an enrichment to be cherished."--from review by Louise Griffith, www.umanitoba.ca/cm/cmarchive/vol15no2/revlandcalledmorning.html.

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