Professionally Speaking Review - Bear Bones and Feathers

Reviewed by: umar umãngay

Indigenous peoples of Canada are part of our modern history and the framework of local identity. These books of poetry are a constructive resource for teachers in native studies, and for English and history classes at the senior secondary level. They may be used for reading out loud or silently, and to lead in-class discussions on healing, aesthetics and self-expression. Duality, spirituality, the sensations of place and relations to family and nature are common themes, but each book is unique in style.


Louise Bernice Halfe's Bear Bones and Feathers provides playful rhythms, frankness and humour. There are mature themes and cadences - well suited for senior-level courses dealing with contemporary voices. Her work is powerful, inspirational and honest. 

Whether for use in class or for one's own reading pleasure, these books of poetry by aboriginal authors are enlightening and thought provoking.

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