Tuesday, August 07, 2012

News at Eleven: Others were fiercely critical [of Naomi McIlwraith],

accusing her of appropriating a language and a narrative not her own, of colonizing Cree for her own artistic and professional ambitions. And the politics of written Cree itself are complex and divisive, with little unanimity on how to write the language.

Within the poems, McIlwraith respectfully addresses those concerns, asking permission to use Cree, stressing her own Métis heritage, while acknowledging her distance from the culture. Yet some of the hostility she's encountered has hurt, and deeply.

from Edmonton Journal: Edmonton poet gives fresh, vital voice to ancient tongue (video)


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