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Confronts the dark legacy of the Canadian residential school system
When Carol Rose GoldenEagle was a child, attending Easter church services, she recalls the annual ritual of the priest presenting plaques depicting the stages of Christ’s persecution to his resurrection, referred to as the “stations of the cross”. Using these early teachings as a springboard for critical reflections, poems look back, but more importantly, look forward to reclaiming the gifts given by Creator within Indigenous culture. GoldenEagle’s searing new poetry collection examines the dark legacy of the residential school system, church and government doctrine, and the ongoing impacts on Indigenous peoples’ lives across Turtle Island.
“Carol Rose’s poetry is profound, phenomenal! The journey of words intertwining takes you to the past and the future. The connections intertwined uniquely exceptional while capturing the poetic beauty, and creation of a masterpiece! I survived genocide in and from the institutional residential school. I felt the journey, the shift through Carol Rose's incredible poetry. It brought me some tears. It put my life in a perspective of silhouettes and vivid picturesque. This is poetry you want to read again and again. I highly recommend for high school and university classes!” —Bevann Fox, author of Genocidal Love
“STATIONS OF THE CROSSED takes apart this county’s long history of trying to extinguish Indigenous culture, and the legacy of colonialism. Carol Rose GoldenEagle’s own experience as a child of the Sixties Scoop is direct and especially moving. She replaces the Old Testament justifications with her own memories and reflections on community, and the ethical teachings and ways of being in Indigenous culture. It’s been said if we only have one story, that’s the story we become. This is a book about finding that new path, and the kind of story we need now—a true one.” —Bruce Rice, author of The Vivian Poems: The Life and Work of Street Photographer Vivian Maier
“The words that Carol has so wonderfully woven together speak to many of the questions I found myself asking over my own life. Juxtaposed with the Fundamentalist Propaganda of the bible, the poems in this collection call out and shine a light upon the truths and pain that we as Indigenous people have faced since the coming of the White Man. They lay bare the ugly reality of the steps taken to erase who we are and what we are, while at the same time questioning the very dogmas and falsehoods pushed upon us as Gospel and Salvation. This book will speak to those who are needing to hear it, and need to know that it is OK to say, ‘wait a minute...’” —John Brady McDonald, Nehiyawak-Metis author of Childhood Thoughts
Poetry. Native American Studies. Women's Studies.
Cree/Dene writer and artist, Carol Rose GoldenEagle was appointed Saskatchewan's Poet Laureate in 2021. She is the author of the award-winning novel Bearskin Diary. It was chosen as the national Aboriginal Literature Title for 2017. The French language translation entitled Peau D'ours won a Saskatchewan Book Award in 2019. Her first book of poetry, HIRAETH was shortlisted for a Saskatchewan Book Award in 2019. Her second novel, Bone Black was released in 2019 to critical acclaim. Her latest novel, THE NARROWS OF FEAR (Wapawikoscikanik) was published in 2020 and won the 2021 Rasmussen & Co. Indigenous Peoples' Writing Award (Saskatchewan Book Awards). Carol's poetry collection, ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS was released in 2021. Carol lives in Regina Beach.