Take Us to Your Chief: And Other Stories by Drew Hayden TaylorTake Us to Your Chief: And Other Stories by Drew Hayden Taylor

Take Us to Your Chief: And Other Stories

byDrew Hayden Taylor

Paperback | October 8, 2016

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A forgotten Haudenosaunee social song beams into the cosmos like a homing beacon for interstellar visitors. A computer learns to feel sadness and grief from the history of atrocities committed against First Nations. A young Native man discovers the secret to time travel in ancient petroglyphs. Drawing inspiration from science fiction legends like Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury, Drew Hayden Taylor frames classic science-fiction tropes in an Aboriginal perspective.

The nine stories in this collection span all traditional topics of science fiction--from peaceful aliens to hostile invaders; from space travel to time travel; from government conspiracies to connections across generations. Yet Taylor's First Nations perspective draws fresh parallels, likening the cultural implications of alien contact to those of the arrival of Europeans in the Americas, or highlighting the impossibility of remaining a "good Native" in such an unnatural situation as a space mission.

Infused with Native stories and variously mysterious, magical and humorous, Take Us to Your Chief is the perfect mesh of nostalgically 1950s-esque science fiction with modern First Nations discourse.

Drew Hayden Taylor is an award-winning playwright, novelist, scriptwriter and journalist. He was born and raised on the Curve Lake First Nation in Central Ontario. Taylor has authored nearly thirty books, including The Night Wander: A Native Gothic Novel (Annick, 2007) about an Anishinaabe vampire. He also edited Me Funny, Me Sexy and...
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Title:Take Us to Your Chief: And Other StoriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:October 8, 2016Publisher:Douglas & McIntyre Ltd.Language:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Idea, Lackluster Execution I wanted to like this collection of stories but found the writing mediocre. There's a lot of telling instead of showing. There's also some characterization with female characters that, if you didn't already know the author was a man, would immediately make it obvious. Of the multiple short stories only one really stayed with me and touched me on an emotional level.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting collection of Indigenous sci-fi A collection of sci-fi short stories that touch on past and current realities of Indigenous life (particularly in Canada). The blend of Indigenous beliefs and sci-fi was seamless and added an interesting new angle to sci-fi plot devices (time travel, aliens, hidden messages, etc.).
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting collection of Indigenous sci-fi A collection of sci-fi short stories that touch on past and current realities of Indigenous life (particularly in Canada). The blend of Indigenous beliefs and sci-fi was seamless and added an interesting new angle to sci-fi plot devices (time travel, aliens, hidden messages, etc.).
Date published: 2017-01-02