Tuesday, July 1, 2014 |
When two Cree boys are torn from their families and sent to a Catholic residential school, their lives fall apart. They experience abuse and alienation, but fight for survival. They have a secret ally: a guardian angel known as the Fur Queen, a mythical trickster determined to make sure the boys stay safe and fulfill their destiny.
Heartbreaking and powerful, Kiss of the Fur Queen is a fictionalized version of what happened to Thomson Highway and his brother.
Tomson Highway was the first aboriginal writer to receive the Order of Canada.
"The Trickster, of course," Gabriel finally answered himself, "Weesageechak for sure. The clown who bridges humanity and God -- a God who laughs, a God who's here, not for guilt, not for suffering, but for a good time. Except this time, the Trickster representing God as a woman, a goddess in fur. Like in this picture. I've always thought that, ever since we were little kids. I mean, if Native languages have no gender, then why should we? And why, for that matter, should God?"
From Kiss of the Fur Queen by Tomson Highway ©1999. Published by Anchor Canada.