by author: Basil Johnston
A collection of essays and presentations.
Basil has delivered to numerous educational conferences and gatherings across Canada and the United States. Topics covered, while all relating to the critical need to protect and encourage our language include how we are “One Generation Away From Extinction,” “Cowboys and Indians” to “You can’t tell stories in the summertime” and the title essay “Think Indian.”
“Think Indian” bumper stickers pleaded and advocated in the 60’s, “Think Indian.”
And while the plea may have been intended for general consideration, it represented in many instances a personal appeal for the exercise of a greater degree or intensity of Indianness, particularly by those who were prevented, for a variety of reasons, from practicing real Indianness. (Excerpt from book)
"Basil Johnston proves once again that he is the dean of Canadian Native writers with this indispensable collection of his best and most entertaining essays. Beautiful, lucid, sometimes hilarious and always thought-provoking, Think Indian is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand contemporary Native experience. It will make you think again about what you thought you knew."
Warren Cariou, Professor
Basil Johnston has long been one of my favorite writers. His is always a unique and truly indigenous voice whether his focus is on storytelling or the sacred, the history and culture of his own nation or his inspiring personal journey out of the labyrinth of the Indian boarding schools into prominence as an internationally known author.
I always expect the best from Basil, but this new book exceeds my expectations. THINK INDIAN is at once
amusing and thought-provoking, a fine blend of scholarship and storytelling. These well-crafted essays--ranging explorations of the importance of Native languages and prescription for their preservation
to personal musings on the ironic positions in which modern Native people find themselves--are a pure delight.
Author of the best selling Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children from his “Keepers” series