Take Us to your Chief

Take Us to your Chief

And Other Stories

Paperback - 2016
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"A forgotten Haudenosaunee social song beams into the cosmos like a homing beacon for interstellar visitors. A computer learns to feel sadness and grief from the history of atrocities committed against First Nations. A young Native man discovers the secret to time travel in ancient petroglyphs. Drawing inspiration from science fiction legends like Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury, Drew Hayden Taylor frames classic science-fiction tropes in an Aboriginal perspective. The nine stories in this collection span all traditional topics of science fiction--from peaceful aliens to hostile invaders; from space travel to time travel; from government conspiracies to connections across generations. Yet Taylor's First Nations perspective draws fresh parallels, likening the cultural implications of alien contact to those of the arrival of Europeans in the Americas, or highlighting the impossibility of remaining a "good Native" in such an unnatural situation as a space mission. Infused with Native stories and variously mysterious, magical and humorous, Take Us to Your Chief is the perfect mesh of nostalgically 1950s-esque science fiction with modern First Nations discourse."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Madeira Park, BC :, Douglas & McIntyre,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781771621311
Branch Call Number: SF TAY
Characteristics: ix, 150 pages ; 23 cm

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obtusata
Jan 01, 2017

A collection of sci-fi short stories that touch on past and current realities of Indigenous life (particularly in Canada). The blend of Indigenous beliefs and sci-fi was seamless and added an interesting new angle to sci-fi plot devices (time travel, aliens, hidden messages, etc.).

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obtusata
Jan 01, 2017

A collection of sci-fi short stories that touch on past and current realities of Indigenous life (particularly in Canada). The blend of Indigenous beliefs and sci-fi was seamless and added an interesting new angle to sci-fi plot devices (time travel, aliens, hidden messages, etc.).

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gillescoughlan
Dec 06, 2016

The author explores classical science-fiction themes from the point of view of First Nation culture. The result: highly original stories, most of them humourous, while others are touching. I should mention that the first nation communities presented all are modern-day communities so it is not idyllic communities living in the woods before Europeens arrived. Highly recommended. And you will never look at a dream catcher the same way again.

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