Songs to Kill a Wîhtikow

Songs to Kill a Wîhtikow


by Neal McLeod

Paperback (Poetry)
9." x 6." · 102 pages
Release Date: September 2005
ISBN 0973556765

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Songs to Kill a Wihtikow plunges the reader into a new way of speaking about history and the present. With wit and courage McLeod enters new territory where storytelling becomes street-song and words live within the sorrows and exuberance of his people. Myth and the degradation of the body are brought forth in McLeod's written and visual images, yet this work is finally about the resiliency of the spirit against powerful internal and external forces.

McLeod is an accomplished visual artist and his paintings border on the visionary while presenting an uncompromising view of the harsh realities faced by Aboriginal people in the past as well as today. There is a radiance within these poems and paintings that places Neal McLeod at the forefront of artists of his generation.


Neal McLeod

Neal Mcleod is a witer, visual artist, film-maker and academic. McLeod holds a PhD in Indigeonous Studies and currently teaches at Trent University in Ontario. He studied art in Sweden and has exhibited his unique and powerful paintings in galleries through out Canada. His low-budget film, A Man Called Horst, was screened in Berlin and has become an underground classic. His first book of poetry Songs to Kill a Wihtikow was nominated for several awards including the Saskatchewan Book of the Year and The McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year. It was the winner of the National Aborigial Poetry Award in 2006. He is also the author of the non-fiction work, Cree Narrative Memory: From Treaties to Contemporary Times (2007, Purich Publishing). His second book of poetry, Gabriel's Beach will be published by Hagios Press in 2008.

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