First Nations Literature
Historically, the literature of the First Nations peoples of Canada was preserved orally, with myths, tales, and histories being passed down from generation to generation through storytelling traditions. While such oral traditions survive today, contemporary First Nations literature is primarily disseminated in written form, and numerous aboriginal authors have emerged as important voices on the Canadian literary scene. The achievements of First Nations writers are recognized by two major prizes: the McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year Award and the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature.
Storytelling has been a definitive feature of aboriginal life for centuries. Prior to the introduction of written communication, the oral tradition served as the primary means of preserving myths, fables,...Read more