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Skin Like Mine free pdf Garry Gottfriedson offers a suite of poems that peel away the skin of contemporary first nations people to reveal an inside view of their experience. He pulls no punches as he explores their challenges. He speaks of 'minds full of anticipation' yet with 'tongues pointing arrowheads'. Telling it 'like it is', he encourages readers to examine what lies inside many of today's native youth, who are 'afraid to live/afraid to die/afraid of ourselves'. He draws attention to the rape of the natural environment, the skin of Mother Earth, when he speaks of 'forests being/eaten from the inside out'. He tackles the political dysfunction within present-day band management, calling the leaders 'political bullies' who 'sweet-talk their way to stage management/...then vote for themselves' to perpetuate internalised oppression. But as the collection continues, Gottfriedson's love for his land begins to emerge, and he calls on the mysterious Horsechild when he says: 'I will bind the drying racks once again/with hemp to make ready/the rows for drying salmon/so that beneath your skin/the mountains will be forever abundant'. Here the age-old rituals of the people and the land return, for the skin of the land provides comfort and assurance that some things will never change.

About Garry Gottfriedson

Garry Gottfriedson, from the Secwepemc Nation (Shuswap), was born, raised and lives in Kamloops, BC. He holds a Master of Education from SFU and has studied Creative Writing at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. He currently works as the principal at the Skelep School of Excellence in Kamloops, BC. His published works include: 100 Years of Contact (SCES, 1990)- In Honour of Our Grandmothers (Theytus, 1994)- Glass Tepee (Thistledown, 2002) nominated for First Peoples Publishing Award 2004- Painted Pony (Partners in Publishing, 2005)- Whiskey Bullets (Ronsdale, 2006), the Anskohk Aboriginal Award Finalist- Skin Like Mine (Ronsdale, 2010), shortlisted for Canadian Authors Literary Award for Poetry 2011- and Jimmy Tames Horses (Kegedonce, 2012). His works have been anthologized both nationally and internationally. He has read from his work in Canada, the USA, Europe and Asia.

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Author : Garry Gottfriedson
Publisher : Ronsdale Press
Data Published : 01 March 2010
ISBN : 1553801016
EAN : 9781553801016
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 100 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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