March 26, 2010

Colonial texts = "hate literature"

New book aims to dispel aboriginal stereotypes

By Simon FullerAs she prepares for the release of her new book, a local author says that aboriginal peoples have been portrayed as "savages" and "less-than-human" in 140 years of colonial settlers’ literature, theatre, cinema and the history books.

Emma LaRocque, a University of Manitoba professor, is set to launch her latest work—When the Other Is Me: Native Resistance Discourse 1850-1990—at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Grant Park Shopping Centre on March 25 at 7:30 p.m.

LaRocque, who lives in Linden Woods, believes these historical texts have created a negative contemporary perception of aboriginal Canadians.

"Colonial texts are offensive. In fact, many of these texts constitute hate literature," said LaRocque, who grew up in a Cree-speaking Metis culture in northeast Alberta.
Comment:  For more on the subject, see The Best Indian Books.

Below:  "Emma LaRocque is pictured receiving an Aboriginal Achievement Award in the education category, awarded annually by the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am definately looking forward to buying this book. And yes, she is telling(like it is) the truth that many(if not, then all) colonial or history texts written by the White Man, are half-truths, exaggerated, fallacious. Ergo most are traditionally stereotypical and inaccurate.