Poetry. This powerful collection, all too relevant today, tells a story that needs to be told. The author writes, "This is the truth of what has happened to my people. The Kwantlen people used to number in the thousands but like all river tribes, eighty percent of our people were wiped out by smallpox and now there are only 200 of us. As a Kwantlen man, father, fisherman, poet and playwright I believe the gift of words was given to me so I can retell our stories...". These poems tell the story of a Kwantlen man who has been given the gift of healing but is also a heroin addict.
Joseph A. Dandurand is a member of Kwantlen First Nation located on the Fraser River, east of Vancouver, where he resides with his three children. He received a Diploma in Performing Arts from Algonquin College and studied theatre and direction at the University of Ottawa. He is the Director of the Kwantlen Cultural Center. He is the author of three other poetry collections, I Want, Hear and Foretell, and The Rumour.Author City: LANGLEY, BC CAN