Indians Don't Cry: Gaawiin Mawisiiwag Anishinaabeg
George Kenny is an Anishinaabe poet and playwright who learned traditional ways from his parents before being sent to residential school in 1958. When Kenny published his first book, 1982’s Indians Don’t Cry, he joined the ranks of Indigenous writers such as Maria Campbell, Basil Johnston, and Rita Joe whose work melded art and political action. Hailed as a landmark in the history of Indigenous literature in Canada, this new edition is expected to inspire a new generation of Anishinaabe writers with poems and stories that depict the challenges of Indigenous people confronting and finding ways to live within urban settler society. Indians Don’t Cry: Gaawin Mawisiiwag Anishinaabeg is the second book in the First Voices, First Texts series, which publishes lost or underappreciated texts by Indigenous artists. This new bi-lingual edition includes a translation of Kenny’s poems and stories into Anishinaabemowin by Pat Ningewance and an afterword by literary scholar Renate Eigenbrod.
Table of Contents
Translator’s Note by Patricia Ningewance INDIANS DON’T CRY Rain Dance Rubbie at Central Park Indians Don't Cry Poor J.W. Lost Friendship The Bullfrogs Got Theirs On the Shooting of a Beaver How He Served Welcome Death Bird The Drowning I Don't Know this October Stranger Just Another Bureaucrat Second Beauty Summer Dawn on Loon Lake Folk Hero: Gerald Bannatyne Track Star Death Is No Stranger Legacy Broken, I Knew a Man To: My Friend, the Painter Sunset on Portage Old Daniel Kenora Bus Depot Pine Tree In-Family Tribal Warfare Mahkwa Soft and Trembling Cry Bottles Gulls Dirty Indian Picture of my Father Ojibway Girl Think on For Most of Thirteen Years Afterword George Kenny – Anishinaabe, son, and writer by Renate Eigenbrod Bibliography