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Indians Don't Cry: Gaawiin Mawisiiwag Anishinaabeg
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University of Manitoba Press
Pub Date: 2014
ISBN: 9780887557699
George Kenny
Indians Don't Cry: Gaawiin Mawisiiwag Anishinaabeg
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Indians Don't Cry: Gaawiin Mawisiiwag Anishinaabeg

by George Kenny

George Kenny is an Anishinaabe poet and playwright who learned traditional ways from his parents before being sent to residential school in 1958. When Kenny published his first book, 1982's Indians Don t Cry,  he joined the ranks of Indigenous writers such as Maria Campbell, Basil Johnston, and Rita Joe whose work melded art and political action. Hailed as a landmark in the history of Indigenous literature in Canada, this new edition is expected to inspire a new generation of Anishinaabe writers with poems and stories that depict the challenges of Indigenous people confronting and finding ways to live within urban settler society. Indians Don t Cry: Gaawiin Mawisiiwag Anishinaabeg is the second book in the First Voices, First Texts series, which publishes lost or underappreciated texts by Indigenous artists. This new bilingual edition includes a translation of Kenny s poems and stories into Anishinaabemowin by Pat Ningewance and an afterword by literary scholar Renate Eigenbrod.