"The Rez Sisters" Essay by Master Researcher

"The Rez Sisters"
An analysis of Aboriginal women in Tomson Highway's "The Rez Sisters".
# 87327 | 900 words | 2 sources | 2005 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2005 in Drama and Theater (World) , Women Studies (Culture)

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This paper discusses the portrayal of gender in Tomson Highway's award winning play of 1987, "The Rez Sisters". The paper focuses on his revelation of Aboriginal women's strength, intelligence and humour that render Reserve life on Manitoulin Island, sometimes hopeless, but never serious.

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"The Portrayal of Gender in Tomson Highway's The Rez Sisters, 1988. Tomson Highway (b. 1951) makes use of humour in demonstrating women's reality on the mythical Manitoulin Island reserve of Wasaychigan Hill First Nation. Considerable wit is demonstrated in seven female characters, in a small Aboriginal community, those who are not related having known one another, all their lives. The play opens as Philomena Moosetail is repairing the roof of her cabin, with Pelajia Patchnose, also middle-aged, describes how she wants to go to Toronto, that the reserve has little to offer her. "

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