A Really Good Brown GirlBook - 1996
I am looking at a school picture, grade five, I am smiling easily…I look poised, settled, like I belong. I won an award that year for most improved student. I learned to follow really well.
--from a prose memoir by the author
Praise for A REALLY GOOD BROWN GIRL:
"No other book so exonerates us, elevates us and at the same time indicts Canada in language so eloquent it almost hurts to hear it."--Lee Maracle, from the Introduction
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A collection of poems that is a journey full of sadness, love, joy and nostalgia of her Metis heritage.
Poet and writer Marilyn Dumont asks herself what it is to be Cree and Métis in a country that has forgotten you and your people. Growing up in Alberta, she tells the story of being a "good" Indian, and what her choices meant in this fierce, honest, and courageous account.
Marilyn Dumont's poetry explores the intersection of marginalization and privilege, as well as what it means to be a Métis woman living in Canada today. Dumont critiques the fetishization of Indigenous culture and the hypocrisy of the Canadian narrative of diversity and inclusion that fails to ad... Read More »
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Poignant, humorous, and fierce, these poems offer insight into discrimination and the ability of individuals to transcend cultural and racial barriers.
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