Dallas Hunt provides a vivid and at times stark portrayal of Indigenous-settler relations in Canada through a poetic lens. Hunt, who is Cree from Wapsewsipi (Swan River First Nation) in Treaty 8 territory, explores themes in his poetry such as racism, identity, language reclamation, and healing. Through works such as “150 Kilometers West of Saskatoon,” he grieves the death of Colten Boushie and interrogates how racism has called into question our humanity. Yet there are also rays of light and hope, such as the imagery invoked in “Cree Dictionary,” where Hunt says, “the Cree word for constellation is a saskatoon berry bush in summertime.” Hunt’s book of poetry would be an exceptional contemporary addition to any high school or classroom library.
128 pp., 5.5 × 8"
Dallas Hunt (Cree, Wapsewsipi)
Source: Association of Book Publishers of BC - Canadian Indigenous Books for Schools (2021-2022)
About the author
Dallas Hunt is Cree and a member of Wapsewsipi (Swan River First Nation) in Treaty 8 territory in Northern Alberta, Canada. He has had creative and critical work published in the Malahat Review, Arc Poetry, Canadian Literature, Settler Colonial Studies, and the American Indian Culture and Research Journal. His first children's book, Awâsis and the World-Famous Bannock, was published through Highwater Press in 2018, and was nominated for the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Literature at the University of British Columbia.
- Short-listed, ReLit Award (Poetry)
- Short-listed, Gerald Lampert Memorial Award
- Short-listed, George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature
- Long-listed, Gerald Lampert Memorial Award
- Short-listed, Indigenous Voices Award