New Indigenous fiction by award-winning writer Neal McLeod, The book is based on characters McLeod wrote and created for the “Crow Hop Café” which was a showcase for Indigenous talent that ran in Saskatchewan from 2000 to 2004. The novel provides a satirical look at the Indian Act, and also looks at the emergence of neechie swagger of the late 1960s and 1970s. The rise of Pinokineechie, a wooden Indian, sees the expansion of Chief’s Fried Chicken, with Crees dancing at Studio 54. The Senator, who narrates the story, helps bring balance back to the bannock force and to the Broken Elbow reserve.
- Type: Fiction
- Publication Date: Summer 2017
- Size: 9 x 6
- ISBN-13: 9781928120094
Author Neal McLeod received the 2015 Gabrielle Roy prize for literary theory and criticism for Indigenous Poetics in Canada (Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2014). His first book of poetry, Songs to Kill a Wîhtikow (Hagios Press, 2005), was nominated for multiple Saskatchewan Book Awards in 2005 and won Poetry Book of the Year - Anskohk Aboriginal Literature Awards in 2006.
"Neal McLeod writes in a traditional style with contemporary flavour!...or is it the other way around? Either way, it makes for an enlightening, engaging and most of all entertaining look at the Indigenous experience." Don Kelly.
"An entertaining mix of Indian Act critique and Indigenous humour makes Neechie Hustle an insightful romp through the living memory of reserve life from the 1940s to the 1970s, in a Cree storytelling style that recalls the guidance of the Old Keyam stories, but in McLeod’s unique and contemporary voice, which speaks to the resilience of our First Nations communities. In Bobby Boy’s words, 'You can take the neechie out of the hustle, but you can never take the hustle out of the neechie.'" Jesse Archibald-Barber, editor of Kisiskâciwan: An Anthology of Saskatchewan Indigenous Literature.
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