From award-winning Métis poet Marilyn Dumont comes That Tongued Belonging, a collection of poems which search for acceptance in language, culture, love and landscape. These poems celebrate the humour and tenacity of Indigenous women, lament the death of a mother and recall the degradation of Indigenous women, while challenging accepted ideas of love, age and femininity.

That Tongued Belonging won the 2007 McNally Robinson Aboriginal Poetry Book of the Year Award and the 2007 Aboriginal Book of the Year Award.

“Marilyn Dumont articulates, touches and settles the nerve of Cree. The reader wanders through the patched quilt life of families, of communities, of relatives and of the Cree nation itself. Always, we are immersed in ancient Cree ways as expressed in Cree-borrowed English. Brilliantly and lyrically presented we are forever reminded that Cree culture, Cree people have not been eradicated, quite the contrary, through Dumont’s that tongued belonging we celebrate the renaissance, the transformation and the continuum of the poetics, being and heroism of the Cree.”
–Lee Maracle, author of Bobbi Lee

“Everywhere wind-blown leaves turn
reveal acimowina to this story-sharer
she brings reality into being
brings the heart to the ear.
Thank you Marilyn for these gifts.”
–Louise Bernice Halfe, Sky Dancer, author of Blue Marrow

About the Author

Marilyn Dumont

Metis poet, writer, and professor, Marilyn Dumont, teaches for the faculties of Arts and Native Studies at the University of Alberta. Her four collections of poetry have won either provincial or national awards: A Really Good Brown Girl (1996); green girl dreams Mountains (2001); that tongued belonging (2007); The Pemmican Eaters (2015). She was awarded 2018 Lifetime Membership from the League of Canadian Poets for her contributions to poetry in Canada, and in 2019, awarded the University of Alberta Distinguished Alumni Award, and the Alberta Lieutenant Governor’s Distinguished Artist Award.

That Tongued Belonging


“Thank you Marilyn for these gifts.” —Louise Bernice Halfe

Weight 120 g
Dimensions 23 × 15 × 0.5 cm


ISBN-13 9780973139693

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