Grey Owl

By Armand Garnet Ruffo

Grey Owl
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Twenty-five years ago, award-winning Indigenous poet Armand Garnet Ruffo released this compelling collection to reassess the contradictory life and personality of the infamous Grey Owl. Both humorous and tragic, Grey Owl weaves archival research and reminiscence, documentary ... Read more


Overview

Twenty-five years ago, award-winning Indigenous poet Armand Garnet Ruffo released this compelling collection to reassess the contradictory life and personality of the infamous Grey Owl. Both humorous and tragic, Grey Owl weaves archival research and reminiscence, documentary and personal family connection to offer insights into the man and his mission. In accessible, dramatic language, Ruffo raises difficult questions about voice and appropriation, Indigenous culture, human rights and the environment.

Armand Garnet Ruffo

Armand Garnet Ruffo was born in Chapleau, northern Ontario, and is a band member of the Chapleau (Fox Lake) Cree First Nation. A recipient of a Honourary Life Membership Award from the League of Canadian Poets, he is recognized as a major contributor to both contemporary Indigenous literature and Indigenous literary scholarship in Canada. His publications include Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing Into Thunderbird (2014) and Treaty # (2019), both finalists for Governor General's Literary Awards. In 2020, he was awarded the Latner Writers' Trust Poetry Prize in recognition of his work. Ruffo teaches at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.

Reviews

"Ruffo narrates the Grey Owl story simply, cleanly, and smoothly. . . . The poet is at his best when he condenses complex personal history into his own deeply considered meditations or dramatic summaries. "

"Armand Ruffo is definitely a writer with a future, a writer to be watched. "

Tomson Highway

"In a series of poems the contradictory elements of Grey Owl's personality can be related with a deftness and lightness which prose might not have been able to capture. "

"A powerful evocation of Canada's most famous fake. In a virtuoso orchestration of poetry, fiction, reminiscence, letter, news report, Armand Ruffo captures the contradictions of this ne'er-do-well who recreated himself out of his own impossible romantic childhood dreams. "

Rudy Wiebe

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