Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Foreword

Brian Henderson and Neil Besner

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pp. vii-viii

The Laurier Poetry Series was conceived in 2002 as a means to celebrate Canadian poetry and to introduce new readers to the richness and diversity of its poets. Rather than curate another large anthology that featured only a few poems by each poet, we thought it a good idea to...

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Biographical Note

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pp. ix-x

Sky Dancer Louise Bernice Halfe is a Cree poet and social worker based just outside of Saskatoon. She was born in 1953 in Two Hills, Alberta, and was raised on the Saddle Lake Reserve on Treaty Six territory. At the age of seven she was taken from her home to attend Blue Quills Residential...

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Introduction

David Gaertner

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pp. xi-xx

Sky Dancer Louise Bernice Halfe breathes life into silence. For more than twenty-five years, Halfe, who is Cree, from the Saddle Lake Reserve and Treaty Six territory, has used Cree poetics to delicately craft voice out of silence: out of the unheard, out of the ongoing violence of Canada’s...

From Bear Bones & Feathers

Crying for Voice

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p. 21

The Residential School Bus

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pp. 22-25

Thieves

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pp. 26-27

Returning

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pp. 28-29

der poop

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p. 30

Pâhkahkos

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pp. 31-32

Nôhkom, Medicine Bear

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pp. 33-34

Body Politics

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p. 35

Valentine Dialogue

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pp. 36-38

From Blue Marrow

pawâkan

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pp. 39-44

I sit by the window

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pp. 45-50

nôhkom âtayôhkan

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pp. 51-52

Forgive me father

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pp. 53-57

kayâs-âcimowin nôtokwêsiw wîhtam

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pp. 58-60

Born in a Dent Grandmudder

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pp. 61-62

Keeper of the Stories

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pp. 63-64

Ram Woman

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pp. 65-67

From The Crooked Good

Listen: To the Story

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pp. 68-74

ê-kwêskît – Turn-Around Woman

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pp. 75-76

The Tracker

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pp. 77-78

Everyday Is a Story

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pp. 79-81

Excavating

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pp. 82-83

Horse Liniment and the Boys

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p. 84

White Island

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pp. 85-86

In The Darkness of the Rolling Head

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p. 87

From ARC Poetry Magazine

Antelope Canyon, Arizona

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p. 88

From Burning in This Midnight Dream

Dedication to the Seventh Generation

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p. 89

Burning in This Midnight Dream

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p. 90

The Reserve Went Silent

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p. 91

Con Game

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p. 92

His Name Was Boy

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p. 93

Sentinels

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pp. 94-95

misasiniy – large rock

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p. 96

ospwâkan – the pipe

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p. 97

The Quandry

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p. 98

From The Malahat Review

“it was a pure”

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p. 99

God of nightmares

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p. 100

Afterword, Sky Dancer Louise Bernice Halfe

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pp. 101-106

Cree Glossary

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pp. 107-110

Acknowledgements

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pp. 111-116