Two noted First Nations playwrights write with honesty and humour about the courage of residential school survivors and the hard and lonely times they went through. Survivor Larry Loyie’s Ora Pro Nobis, Pray for Us is a dramatic, lively and often funny portrayal of a group of boys and how their friendship helps them survive. In Vera Manuel’s Strength of Indian Women, based on family experiences, four elders prepare for a teenage girl’s coming-of-age feast. As they work together, the women reveal the secrets of the residential school years.
These noteworthy full-length plays are suitable for grade 10 and up, and have been staged many times. Available from Indigenous Education Press / www.goodminds.com, online or by calling 1-519-753-1185, Extension 1, or 1-877-862-8483 (Canada and USA only). 120 pages, with author’s notes and residential school photographs,$19.95 plus tax and mailing.