Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing. CTE photo. Tomson Highway. Tragi- comedy drama in two acts by Tomson Highway, first produced in. Nominee, Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing tells another story of the mythical Wasaychigan Hill Indian. This article reconsiders the place of hockey within Tomson Highway’s play Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, ultimately arguing that the re-evaluative.

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Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing by Tomson Highway

As a key component of nationalism, we can also understand hockey as not merely an act of appropriation but as a colonizing force, another assimilatory measure. Perhaps what Highway is suggesting here is not actual childbirth but rather the possibility of creation.

First Nations Hockey in Canada. An engaging, flowing read, but not in any other sense an easy one.

Dry Lips Oughta Move To Kapuskasing by Tomson Highway

In he was invested as a Member of the Order of In the six decades since he was born in a tent in the bush of northernmost Manitoba, Tomson Highway has traveled many paths and been called by many names. This conjunction of rry two words suggests that, in the Wasaychigan Hill Indian Reserve, hockey has come to stand for a struggle for life, and not only the quality of life in their reserve, but also the life oughhta their traditions and heritage.

Grateful to have read this and really hope to see it performed one day.

It is a challenge. Have you heard the news? This site uses cookies. Since OctoberAthabasca University has hosted the web site, with an editorial board of theatre scholars from across Canada. Later, however, lacrosse became a modern sport with deliberate work-week mobe that disallowed working class participation; it was gentrified The entrance of First Nations players into the NHL was precipitated in part by their own hockey leagues, hockey leagues that sprung up in reserve communities in the face of their exclusion from town leagues.


This is why Highway refuses to end the play with a clear resolution.

Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing – Wikipedia

Looking at the play, however, it is clear that wailing is linked to disruption of the colonial status quo, particularly in the ever-shifting, defamiliarizing figure of Nanabush. She turns kapuskasinh appliance on with one last bump of her voluptuous hips.

There is simply too much going on in this piece. Perhaps Highway is suggesting that the nightmare of the colonization of the First Nations in Canada must be witnessed and acknowledged, but that it need not preclude the possibility of domestic and social harmony. Violence, alcoholism, poverty, fetal alcohol syndrome, and cultural decay are all taken on in a brutally unforgiving way.

Kapuskasung so doing, the playwright points to a potential solution to the seemingly inescapable cycle of trauma and violence. I picked up on the symbolism but to be honest most of the time I have no idea what the heck is going on. Read on the advise of a CBC personality see ads do work I loved the use of soundscapes and the ending. The production then relocated kapuskasnig the Royal Alexandra Theatre inthe first work of aboriginal theatre on that stage.

It had its kapuekasing to put it nicely. Canadian Association for Theatre Research.

I kept wishing for some coherence. Included within this play are various topics which are brushed upon to tease readers and audiences alike, without ever giving up a gratifying or even satisfactory resolution.


Legitimately the worst thing I’ve ever had to read for school. There is a sense of healing, but ouughta is unfinished. I hate that half the time the only female roles are to wear absolutely nothing. I will also point out that I read the script and haven’t seen it live, which is probably for the best given the aforementioned disturbing bi “Liked” is not really the right word for this play.

May 17, Mathias rated it it was ok. Although the mood darkens with the rape of Patsy Pegahmagahbow and the death of Simon Starblanket, and the Rez descends into chaos with the playing of the hockey game, harmony is eventually restored when Zachary awakens from his nightmare — which has comprised the preceding action in the play. Jul 10, Helena rated it really liked it Shelves: Highway connects these memories with kapuskasinf present-time world of the reserve, where the audience witnesses Dickie Bird Halked rape Nanabush in the guise of Patsy, one of the female community members while Big Joey looks ouggta.

Oct 22, Brad rated it liked it Shelves: Articles Revolution Night in Canada: Interesting mix of characters and symbolism, but I hated its treatment of Christianity. The fact that the two kapuskaasing — hockey, life — come together only after an lisp struggle stresses the importance of such struggle to cultural revisioning and revitalization.