Coyote and Raven Go Canoeing: Coming Home to the Village

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Jan 17, 2006 - Education
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In a gesture toward traditional First Nations orality, Peter Cole blends poetic and dramatic voices with storytelling. A conversation between two tricksters, Coyote and Raven, and the colonized and the colonizers, his narrative takes the form of a canoe journey. Cole draws on traditional Aboriginal knowledge to move away from the western genres that have long contained, shaped, and determined ab/originality. Written in free verse, Coyote and Raven Go Canoeing is meant to be read aloud and breaks new ground by making orality the foundation of its scholarship. Cole moves beyond the rhetoric and presumption of white academic (de/re)colonizers to aboriginal spaces recreated by aboriginal peoples. Rather than employing the traditional western practice of gathering information about exoticized other, demonized other, contained other, Coyote and Raven Go Canoeing is a celebration of aboriginal thought, spirituality, and practice, a sharing of lived experience as First Peoples.
 

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Contents

Writing sp a ces
3
Living in the village
7
considering the canoe
19
Navigating upstream
34
Iterature review
151
Our stories of schooling
204
Other aboriginal stories of schooling
230
first nations
286
Moving on
315
References
325
Index
331
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York University.

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