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Tomson Highway

Tomson Highway


Born
in Maria Lake, Manitoba, Canada
December 05, 1951

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In the six decades since he was born in a tent in the bush of northernmost Manitoba, Tomson Highway has traveled many paths and been called by many names. Residential school survivor, classical pianist, social worker and, since the 1980s, playwright, librettist, novelist and children's author.

He is fluent in French, English and his native Cree. In 1994 he was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada -- the first Aboriginal writer to receive that honour. In 2000, Maclean's magazine named him one of the 100 most important people in Canadian history.

He currently resides in Toronto.

Average rating: 3.72 · 3,589 ratings · 299 reviews · 19 distinct worksSimilar authors
Kiss of the Fur Queen

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Dry Lips Oughta Move To Kap...

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3.60 avg rating — 53 ratings — published 2005
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Dragonfly Kites

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Caribou Song: Atihko Nikamon

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Comparing Mythologies

4.39 avg rating — 23 ratings — published 2003
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The (Post) Mistress

3.41 avg rating — 32 ratings — published 2013 — 4 editions
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Fox on the Ice / Maageesees...

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Rose

3.92 avg rating — 12 ratings — published 2003
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“English is so hierarchical. In Cree, we don't have animate-inanimate comparisons between things. Animals have souls that are equal to ours. Rocks have souls, trees have souls. Trees are 'who,' not 'what.”
Tomson Highway

“There's a major fault in Western society. It makes room for only one god, and in only one gender. There's no balance, no co-existence, no partnership.”
Tomson Highway

“The Trickster, of course," Gabriel finally answered himself, "Weesageechak for sure. The clown who bridges humanity and God - a God who laughs, a God who's here, not for guilt, not for suffering, but for a good time. Except this time, the Trickster representing God as a woman, a goddess in fur. Like in this picture. I've always thought that, ever since we were little kids. I mean, if Native languages have no gender, then why should we? And why, for that matter, should God?”
Tomson Highway, Kiss of the Fur Queen

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