A Really Good Brown Girl

A Really Good Brown Girl

Book - 1996
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Marilyn Dumont's Metis heritage offers her challenges that few of us welcome. Here she turns them to opportunities: in a voice that is fierce, direct, and true, she explores and transcends the multiple boundaries imposed by society of the self. She mocks, with exasperation and sly humour, the banal exploitation of Indianness ("there it is again, the circle, that goddamned circle, as if we thought in circles, judged things on the merit of their circularity, as if all we ate was bologna and bannock and lived in teepees"); more-Indian-than-thou oneupmanship ("So, I'm having coffee with this treaty guy from up north ... I say I'm Metis like it's an apology and he says, 'mmh,' like he forgives me, like he's got a big heart and mine's pumping diluted blood"); and white condescension and ignorance ("The White Judges"). She celebrates the person, clearly observing, who defines her own life. These are Indian poems; Canadian poems; human poems.
ISBN: 9780919626768
Characteristics: 77 pages :,portraits ;,23 cm.


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First published in 1996, A Really Good Brown Girl is a fierce, honest and courageous account of what it takes to grow into one's self and one's M├ętis heritage in the face of myriad institutional and cultural obstacles. It is an indispensable contribution to Canadian literature.

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EPLPicks_Teen Mar 24, 2010

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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