The Six Nations Writers first spoken word cd has 19 selections of poetry, prose,
narration's, songs, short stories and a radio play.
All are original works and there are 2 poetry selections from the works of E. Pauline Johnson. The selections below include excerpts.

Selections Include:

  1. Introduction by Gloria Thomas
For Hodinohso:ni people, we open and close important matters by giving thanks. This speech is the voice of our people. It brings our minds together to create our thinking abbut how to interact with the living elements on earth. The strength of our way of life is in this giving of thanks.

  1. Opening: Translation from the Cayuga Language by Amos Key Jr.
Hello everyone…
Before you listen to the great writings of this group, the Six Nations Writers. They (The Six Nations Writers) thought it important to share with you the rich sounds of one of the languages of their people. A people who speak the Cayuga language.
With that, we humble ourselves in reciting a portion of the Thanksgiving Address . . . an address that acknowledges all those gifts that were handed down to us by the Creator...

  1. In the Shadows by E. Pauline Johnson (© Chiefswood National Historic Site)
I am sailing to the leeward, where the current runs to seaward. Soft and slow, where the sleeping river grasses brush my paddle as it passes to and fro...

  1. Bread and Cheese by Lorrie Gallant © 2001
Little Lorrie is a skinny little girl, tall for her age and the youngest of five. She has brown hair and green eyed, not what you'd expect to find on the Six Nations of the Grand but this is where ...

  1. Dreams Die Hard by ElizaBeth Hill
She had a thousand dreams like stars in the blue night as she walked into the house by the glow of the front porch light, slipped her key out of the lock and closed the door. Oh she trembled ...

  1. Everything Changes Yet Remains The Same by Valerie Martin © 2002
The changes of seasons compliment one another. Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. Fall changes everything green to beautiful Reds, Oranges, Yellows, Rust until …

  1. The Golden Ball by Yvonne Beaver © 2002
There was a little gold ball at the centre of the spider's web. The spider captured it when it was very new and tiny. The golden ball didn't know it wasn't free, so it ….

  1. Genocide Nation by Laurel Dawn © 1994
This song was written in 1994 and is the amalgamated understandings of one residential school survivor compelled by experience to assist by any means possible in Canada's true and authentic healing and reconciliation ...

  1. Circle of Life by Brian Skye © 2000
Runaway carousel or window, life's television network, click. Viewfinder mirror, percepton.
Shout Yes! World recognize eye …

  1. A Tribute to the Creator by Stephanie Styres © 2003
A Tribute to the Creator is an acknowledgement of gratitude, respect and admiration for the Creator of the Heaven and Earth and Everything therein ...

  1. For Cloe by L.M. VanEvery © 2002
The look of your fingers so delicately formed moving to the rhythm of life your feet so long and strong uncontrollably waving in the air there to take you on your life's journey …

  1. We Used to Pick Strawberries There by Sadie Buck © 2003
For a long time all that was there were the dog paths roaming, cutting through the long weeds and brush, I would look out from the proch and I would see nothing but those paths …

  1. Healing Child by Laurel Dawn inspired by Coral © 1993
She's my Healing Child running free, growing wild sent from up above to heal me with her Love. Her brothers couldn't stay so she came here to say that she's my Healing Child running free …

  1. The Song My Paddle Sings by E. Pauline Johnson © Chiefswood National Historic Site
West wind, blow from your prairie nest. Blow from the mountains, blow from the west. The sail is idle, the sailor too; O! wind of the west, we wait for you. Blow, blow! I have wooed you so …

  1. Coyote by Barbara-Helen Hill © 1996
That grandma, she some coyote. She tell them white peoples to find rocks and they go find rocks. She says one big one and one little one. They go find dem rocks and dey bring dem back to her …

  1. Re(d) - Cycle by Janet Rogers © 2000
I love this skin Creator put me in. So attractive to the eye. Equal to the landscape perfect against the sky. I'll leave my skin when I am gone, to a drum maker I know. Have him tie me on a …

  1. A Grandchild is Born by L.M. VanEvery © 2003
Let me tell you about the day you were born. It was a special day … one I will long remember … a day of true Thanksgiving. It was the day that I became your Gram. The first time …

  1. Hosge agehdago:wáh - The Great Warrior by Michelle Thomas © 2003
This poem is about the importance of the role that men play in Haudenosaunee society and their connectedness to the Creator. It is based on the Ado:wa or men's chant …

  1. Closing by Gloria Thomas
And now we will sparate our minds. That is all. Onéh   deska ká so go   ogwatnigóha.  Danétoh.

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