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The Black Prairie archives : an anthology / Karina Vernon, editor.


From the publisher: The Black Prairie Archives: An Anthology recovers new regional archive of black prairie literature, and includes writing that ranges from work by nineteenth-century black fur traders and pioneers, all of it published here for the first time, to contemporary writing of the twenty-first century. This anthology establishes a new black prairie literary tradition and transforms inherited understandings of what prairie literature looks and sounds like. It collects varied and unique work by writers who were both conscious and unconscious of themselves as black writers or as prairie people. Their letters, recipes, oral literature, autobiographies, rap, and poetry provide vivid glimpses into the reality of their lived experiences and give meaning to them. Included are introductory notes for each writer in non-specialist language, as well as notes to assist readers in their engagement with the literature. This archives and its supporting text offer new scholarly and pedagogical possibilities by expanding the nation's and the region's archives. They enrich our understanding of black Canada by bringing to light the prairies' black histories, cultures, and presences.

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  • ISBN: 9781771123747
  • ISBN: 1771123745
  • Physical Description: xv, 576 pages ; 23 cm
  • Publisher: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, [2020]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 549-565) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Daniel T. Williams / Notebook 1872-1875; Letter to Hudson's Bay Company Factor, George Kennedy, April 12, 1873 -- Alfred Schmitz Shadd / To the Electors of the District of Kinistino; Defamation; Sorry but Happy -- Mildred Jane Lewis Ware / Letter May 4, 1898; Letter June 6, 1898; Letter June 20, 1899 -- Reverend George Washington Slater, Jr. / Why I became a socialist; Emancipation; Our Negreo Citizens (April 17, 1922) -- William Sylvester Alpheus Beal / Big Woody; 3glass-plate photographs -- Rosa Shannon / From "Window of our memories: We gave our lives to this part of the country" -- Alice Ethel Lewis / In loving memory of Alberta -- Jefferson Davis Edwards / From "Window of our memories: There was a cloud over Amber Valley" -- John BellBowden / Inerview with Velma Carter: "Always be a factor in the community!" -- Sylvester Long / My trail upward; From "Long Lance: the autobiography of a Blackfoot Indian Chief; Canoe song; Death song of Long Lance -- Martha Edwards / From "Window of our memories: That is what pioneers had to go through -- Amanda Janet (Nettie) Ware / John Ware -- E.A. Cobbs / Black Cultural Research Society Interview: "This bias was good, for it caused the black people to fight" -- Ellis Hooks / From the Provincial Archives of Alberta Oral History Project: "The way I felt, I wanted to plead guilty: I wanted the world to know" -- Luther Gerard / From "Window of our memories: Community spirit" -- Woddy Strode / From "Goal Dust" -- Lloyd Mayes / From "North of the Gully: Homebrew" -- Golder ("Goldie") Gordon / From "North of the Gully: Even the bad was good" -- Gwendolyn Hooks / From "The Keystone Legagy: Recollections of a Black Settler: We were considered Indians" -- Fil Fraser / From "Alberta's Camelot: Culture & the Arts in the Lougheed Years: Alberta's own Quiet Revolution" -- Claire Harris / From "Drawing Down a Daughter" -- Addena Sumter-Freitag / From "Stay Black and Die" -- Linus Tongwo Asong / From "No Way to Die -- Nigel Darbasie / Our subdivision; Pan man; New Terra -- Tololwa M. Mollel / Feasting on words; Canada dry -- Selwyn Jacob / A Filmmaker's journey to an untold story -- F.B. André / Is there someone you can call? -- Cheryl Foggo / From "Pourin' down rain"; From "John Ware reimagined";Lawrence Hill / Meet you at the door -- Margaret Robinson-Gudmundson / The Severance -- George Bwanika Seremba / From "Come good rain" -- Valerie Mason-John / Self portrait two;Yellowknifed -- Nduka Otiono / Homeland securities; Archive fever; University of work -- Sheila Addiscott / Coloured -- Suzette Mayr / From "Monoceros"; From "Dr. Edith Vane and the Hares of Crawley Hall" -- Dawn Carter / Restoration; A Monumental love; Get into my car -- Minister Faust / From "The Coyote Kings of the space-aged bachelor pad"; From "The Alchemists of Kush -- Deanna Dowen / sum of the parts that can be named -- Bertrand Bickersteth / Accidental agriculture; What we used to call it; We, too; The Invisible man on the prairies -- Troy B. Bailey / From "The Pierre Boonga Loops" -- Wakefield Brewster / i can; mediumz -- Odario Williams (Mood Ruff) / Front from the Past, PT. II;Front from the Past, PT III -- Bola Opaleke / The Autobiography of water -- Chantal Hitayezu / My grandfather's poem, my grandmother's dance -- Ian Samuels / From "The Ubiquitous Big" -- Kaie Kellough / boy hood dub II; night galler; vox versus -- Georges Edy Laraque / From " Georges Laraque: The Story of the NHL's Unlikeliest Tough Guy" -- Esi Edugyan / From "The Second Life of Samuel Tyne" -- Nestor Wynrush (Elliot Walsh) / Winnipeg south blues; Ole mine town -- Nehal El-Hadi / Djinn in Saskatchewan; La Puerta -- Francisco Alexander Fwallah / Na Corrente do rio ("In the River Flow," trans. Erin Mouré) -- Michelle Jean-Paul / Learning to love me -- Marika Warner / from "Mulatto Nation" -- Lisa Codrington / from "Cast Iron" -- Khodi Dill / Grey; Holes; Oil and water -- Ahmed Ali (Knowmadic) / Child soldier -- Tchitala Nyota Kamba / Récit d'un voyageur: Rêve ou utopie (Tale of a traveler:dream or utopia," trans. Erin Mouré); Makala! (trans. Erin Mouré); Je suis d'ici, je suis d'ailleur ("I'm from here;I'm from over there," trans. Erin Mouré) -- Títílopé Sónúgà / Grandpa Igbobo; Sacrifice -- Roland (Rollie) Pemberton (Cadence Weapon) / Oliver Square; 30 seconds; How black? -- Frank Fontaine (Young Kidd) / Wonderful Winnipeg; Hometown -- Miranda Martini / The drinking gourd: three tales
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Issued also in electronic formats.
Subject: Canadian literature > Black authors.
Canadian literature > Prairie Provinces.
Canadian literature > Black Canadian authors.

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