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Cliff Cardinal on why you should read Tomson Highway's play The Rez Sisters

Every day in June, an Indigenous writer will recommend a book they love by a First Nations, Métis or Inuit author from Canada.
Cliff Cardinal is the playwright behind Huff & Stitch. (Playwrights Canada Press/Fifth House)

June is Indigenous Book Club Month. CBC Books will publish a recommendation each day from an Indigenous writer for a book written by another Indigenous author. 

Cliff Cardinal recommends The Rez Sisters by Tomson Highway.

"Reading Tomson Highway is like listening to your Kohkum speak Cree to you. It bounces in your body like water hitting rocks, tickling your ribs and poking you in the solar plexus. It makes you remember things you haven't thought of in years. It's an iconic Canadian classic, for when the Rez Sisters claim the largest bingo in the world for themselves; or when Zhaboonigan counts to 14, it's justice."

Cliff Cardinal is an actor and playwright, whose plays include Huff & Stitch. His work has been recognized with the Buddies in Bad Times Vanguard Award for Risk and Innovation, the RBC Tarragon Emerging Playwright Award and the REVEAL Indigenous Arts Award.

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