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Since 1986, Eshkibok has been acting professionally in theatre, television, radio and film, with major roles in productions. On stage she has appeared in Tomson Highway's The Rez Sisters and Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, Alanis King's The Manitoulin Incident, Bill Merasty's Fireweed, Louis Nowra's Crow, Eugene Oniel's The Hairy Ape, and Lenore Keeshig-Tobias's Lysistrata, among others. Outside of Canada, her roles have taken her to theatres in the United States and Scotland. Eshkibok was a co-founder of De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre on Manitoulin Island.

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Lenore Keeshig-Tobias on Native American Authors

Lenore Keeshig-Tobias was born in Wiarton, Ontario, Canada, in 1950. She belongs to the Nation Shippewa. She is a poet, storyteller and writer for children. She is connected to the oral tradition as a storyteller. Bachelor of Fine Arts. Her poetry is based on the realities of Indian life and mythological icons and symbols of her people. Some of her published books are: Bineshiinh dibaajmowin / Bird Talk, 1991; Emma and the Trees, 1995; Into the Moon, 1996.

Lenore Keeshig-Tobias - English 12 2014

Lenore Keeshig-Tobias Bird Talk; illus. by Polly Keeshig-Tobias
28 pp. Sister Vision: Black Women and Women of Color Press 1991
Paper edition ISBN 0-13-727264-2 7.00
In this book, the text is printed in English and Ojibway. Polly and her family have moved away from the reserve (as it is called in Canada) to a city where Polly’s mother can go to college. Polly’s mother calls her daughters her little brown birds, hence the title. Polly has had a bad day at school, but doesn’t want to talk about it; eventually, she tells her Mom that it was because the kids wanted to play cowboys and Indians. In the rest of the story, Polly’s mother comforts her by talking about their grandparents and relatives back on the reserve. And then she promises Polly that she will visit her classroom to tell the children about Native Americans.

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Books by Lenore Keeshig-Tobias ..

SHI-SHI-ETKO Nicola Campbell and Kim Lafave
SHINCHI'S CANOE Nicola Campbell and Kim Lafave
RIEL’S PEOPLE Maria Campbell
FATTY LEGS: A True Story Christy Jordan-Fenton, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, Liz Amini-Holmes
AS LONG AS THE RIVERS FLOW Larry Loyie (with Constance Brissenden) and Heather D. Holmlund
THE GATHERING TREE Larry Loyie and Constance Brissenden, and Heather D. Holmlund
What’s the Most Beautiful Thing You Know About Horses? Richard Van Camp and George Littlechild
BIRD TALK: BINESHIINH DIBAAJMOWIN Lenore Keeshig-Tobias and Polly Keeshig-Tobias
ALEGO Ningeokuluk Teevee
CHUCK IN THE CITY Jordan Wheeler and Christopher Auchter
FLIGHT OF THE HUMMINGBIRD: A Parable for the Environment Michael Yahgulanaas
COYOTE SOLSTICE TALE Thomas King and Gary Clement

Lenore Keeshig-Tobias is a poet and storyteller from the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation

Bird Talk, Lenore Keeshig-Tobias

Lenore Keeshig-Tobias (Ojibwe) "Not Just Entertainment" Whole Earth Review '91 "Each tribe has their own unique ways which only they can fullyunderstand... each tribe has their own sacred ceremonies, songs, dances andprayers which form their own tribal religious ways. These come from eachtribe's history, science, environment and all the things which make up ourdifferent cultures. I am Ponca because of over l0,000 years of interminglingthe lives, blood and history of my tribe upon Ponca land. Every movementand action is blessed with a meaning handed down by generations ofancestors and held within our tribal memory. I say these things because I wantto warn people about some bad things happening to traditional ways. Allacross Indian country, in every city and state, white people arecommercializing Lakota ceremonies. Our ways cannot be bought and soldlike bibles. No knowledge, no science, no language, no culture isinvolved in their pitiful mockery of traditional ways. They actually believethat by singing or drumming the right song, they are doing somethingIndian. Medicine equals magic to them. Their ignorance is an insult toeven the very simplest of our ceremonies, but their white arrogance leadsthem to believe they can learn in a week what an Indian learns in manylifetimes. It is time we who value old ways begin to explain to our non-Indianguests that our basic philosophy of respect for the circle of life isopen to the understanding of all races. But if our tribal ceremonies are tosurvive with meaning and dignity for our children, we must explain to thewasoci that it is not necessary for them to pretend to be Indian to understandthe nature of the circle. How can Lakota children find the same respectfor tribal ways our grandfathers handed down to us if hundreds of these pitifulones are out waving Pipes, pouring water, singing songs learned fromcassettes and whipping a drum?"

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A little bit of everything: Indians by Lenore Keeshig-Tobias

You will be expected to read at least eight texts, including at least one on the anthology list and at least one from the critical/political perspectives list. You may substitute as many of these texts as you like from the supplementary list below. You may also select texts based on your own research (as long as you consult with me first). At least two of the texts you read should be by aboriginal women in Australia and/or New Zealand. If you wish, all or most of the texts you choose can be by aboriginal Australian or Maori writers. You will also be expected to attend readings both in and out of class (I will let you know the schedule of readers this term as soon as I know myself: we are expecting Marilyn Dumont, Sharron Proulx and Lenore Keeshig-Tobias to be coming to read this term).