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Becoming part of history and literature -Fur Traders, Mariners, Minters, Missionaries, Settlers, Colonists, Governors etc. wrote about Aboriginals in journals, logbooks, newspapers etc. All wrote from a EUROCENTRIC point of view They had no/little understanding of who Aboriginals were Result (A century of…) -Cultural Misunderstandings -Enduring Stereotypes -Biases against Aboriginals -Having NO CONTROL over what was written about FNs
Cultural Appropriation Appropriate: to take possession of -- usually unlawfully Cultural Appropriation and literature: -stealing sacred stories without permission -stealing ideas, philosophies etc without permission -non Aboriginals writing as if they are Aboriginal Famous Example: WP Kinsella – a Canadian author that wrote fictional stories about Aboriginal characters -he is not aboriginal -his novels created images and stereotypes of FNs
Publication Problems -Publication companies owned by Euro-Canadians: FNs struggled to get their work published If published they lost control of their work many chose not to publish Consequences: -not many people read FN books -enduring misunderstandings / stereotypes
Theytus Books – Aboriginal Publishing House
En’owkin Centre: International School of Writing - Located in Penticton, BC – same location as Theytus Books -The En'owkin is a dynamic institution, which puts into practice the principles of self-determination and the validation of cultural aspirations and identity. An Indigenous cultural, educational, ecological and creative arts organization, the En'owkin Centre is taking a lead role in the development and implementation of Indigenous knowledge and systems, both at the community and international levels. -offer language, fine arts, creative writing and cultural programs -is an accredited post secondary institution List of Courses / Programs List of Courses / Programs
Famous Aboriginal Authors PLUS MANY MANY MORE! These authors give authentic aboriginal voice to literature Jeanette Armstrong – Okanagan Lee Maracle Thomas King Eden Robinson Tomson Highway
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