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From: Bear Bones & Feathers


Bone Lodge – Ghost Dance – ayamihâwina — Old Rock Mother – Crying for Voice – Spirits – pâhkahkos – nôhkom âtayôhkân – nôhkom âtayôhkân – Sundog Mate – nôhkom, Medicine Bear – Off with Their Heads – nôhkom’s Ice Cream and Syrup – She Told Me – Grandma’s Apprentice – Men in My Life – He Has Gone to Ground – Rituals – Elder’s Waltz – Grouse – Wagon Ride – Chokecherries – Loving Obscenities – Body Politics – Lizard’s Curse – Free from Grandma – Tuberculosis Thief – Womanchild – Ukrainian Hour



Louise B. Halfe Sky Dancer

Louise Bernice Halfe – Sky Dancer was raised on Saddle Lake Reserve and attended Blue Quills Residential School. Her first book, Bear Bones & Feathers (Coteau, 1994), received the Milton Acorn People’s Poetry Award and was a finalist for the Spirit of Saskatchewan Award, the Pat Lowther Award, and the Gerald Lampert Award. Blue Marrow (Coteau, 1998) was a finalist for the 1998 Governor General’s Award for Poetry, and her fourth book, Burning in This Midnight Dream (Coteau, 2016), won the 2017 Saskatchewan Book Award and the Raymond Souster Award, among numerous other awards. Halfe was awarded the Latner Writers Trust Award for her body of work in 2017, and was awarded the 2020 Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence. She was granted a lifetime membership in the League of Canadian Poets, and currently works with Elders in the organization Opikinawasowin (“raising our children”) and lives near Saskatoon with her husband, Peter.