Culture in Canadian literature

A look at indigenous writing in Canada


  • Isabel Berry


In this article, I will be exploring how the blending of Indigenous cultures in Canada is represented in Canadian Literature. In particular, I will be exploring the representation of two separate cultures coming together in writer and poet E. Pauline Johnson’s work. In a time of colonisation and settlement, Johnson’s mixed heritage offers an interesting perspective on the cultures that form part of the backbone of Canada today. Throughout this article I will refer to the poems ‘Canadian Born’, ‘Brant, A Memorial Ode’, ‘A Cry from an Indian Wife’ and ‘Happy Hunting Grounds’.