The Colour of Resistance: A Contemporary Collection of Writing by Aboriginal Women

Description

287 pages
Contains Bibliography
$17.95
ISBN 0-920813-62-3
DDC C810.8'0897

Year

1993

Contributor

Edited by Compiled by Connie Fife
Reviewed by Beverly Rasporich

Beverly Rasporich is an associate professor at the University of Calgary
and author of Dance of the Sexes: Art and Gender in the Fiction of Alice
Munro.

Review

There are many familiar First Nations writers represented in this
volume: Chrystos, Jeanette Armstrong, Connie Fife, Lenore
Keeshig-Tobias, Beth Cuthand, Lee Maracle, Annharte, Beth Brant. Through
a medley of poetry, fiction, and articles, the voices here recollect,
protest, and reclaim for Native peoples and, more particularly, for
Native women. The poetry is largely of a narrative variety, and
inflected with orality, while the stories are written in simple prose
style. Lee Maracle’s “The Laundry Basket” suggests a more mature
writer, and Beth Brant’s “This Is History” is a sophisticated
retelling (and reprinting) of the Aboriginal Sky Woman creation myth.

One of the strengths of the collection is a handful of poets/poems that
distinguish themselves in a variety of ways. Marie Rendon’s is a voice
of irreverent and wry spirit, as illustrated in a poem about a
“laughin’ woman”: “in Denver she had a Navajo / he asked, ‘can
I buy you a drink?’ / she said, ‘no, take me home.’ / he was quite
surprised, / it wasn’t even closing time.” Laura Tohe’s “Blue
Horses Running” is a beautifully colored poem of desertscape and
ancestral space. There are some stirring poems here, as well, that
argue, protest, and mourn the plights of Native women.

Citation

“The Colour of Resistance: A Contemporary Collection of Writing by Aboriginal Women,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 22, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/13454.