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November 22 , 2007

The Pemmican Eaters


A picture of the Riel Resistance from one of Canada’s preeminent Métis poets

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Az emberek történelme úgy emelkedett ki a barbárságból és hullt vissza aztán ugyanoda, hogy a nyugalom ideje éppen csak egy levegővételre volt elég. Egy levegővétel, és némi tisztánlátás, annak felismerése, hogy a hideg álmok szőttese már egyetlen kéz melegétől képes lángra kapni. A süllyedés és romlás panaszai visszhangoztak a reggeli szélben.…

With a title derived from John A. Macdonald’s moniker for the Métis, The Pemmican Eaters explores Marilyn Dumont’s sense of history as the dynamic present. Combining free verse and metered poems, her latest collection aims to recreate a palpable sense of the Riel Resistance period and evoke the geographical, linguistic/cultural, and political situation of Batoche during this time through the eyes of those who experienced the battles, as well as through the eyes of Gabriel and Madeleine Dumont and Louis Riel.

Included in this collection are poems about the bison, seed beadwork, and the Red River Cart, and some poems employ elements of the Michif language, which, along with French and Cree, was spoken by Dumont’s ancestors. In Dumont’s The Pemmican Eaters, a multiplicity of identities is a strengthening rather than a weakening or diluting force in culture.

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