Wawatay

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Playwrights Canada Press, 2005 - Drama - 104 pages
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According to Cree legend, when the Northern Lights (Wawatay) dance, they have come to take the souls of the newly-departed to the Spirit World.
When mother and family peacemaker, Lois LaFontaine is unexpectedly hospitalized, her husband and four children are forced to come together and confront their family demons. Frank LaFontaine and his children, BJ, Junior and Mary, seem to have their dysfunctional lives under control until estranged younger sister Jaz shows up from Vancouver. The black sheep of the family, Jaz disrupts the family balance by challenging it. She has embraced her Native heritage and as her mother lies in a coma and the Northern Lights dance, she encourages her unwilling family to face the truth of their ancestry.

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Metis writer Penny Gummerson was born and raised in Flin Flon, Manitoba. She worked as a newspaper journalist, magazine writer, documentary filmmaker, and advertising copywriter before becoming a playwright and screenwriter. She currently resides in Vancouver where she writes for stage and film.

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