Whetung Ojibwa Crafts and Art Gallery
Author Drew Hayden Taylor
Adventures of the Blue-Eyed Ojibwa

Drew Hayden TaylorA prominent resident of the Whetung Gallery bookstore is Curve Lake's own Drew Hayden Taylor, playwright and author. Since his first book: Toronto at Dreamer's Rock, he has been called "one of Canada's leading Native dramatist" by The Montreal Gazette and has earned several significant awards and honours, among them the prestigious Chalmers Award in 1992. Combining a sense of drama with scathing wit and acute observational skills, his writings keep us on our toes, breathlessly awaiting the next upending twist in the narrative.

"I've spent too many years explaining who and what I am repeatedly, so as of this moment I officially secede from both races. I plan to start my own separate nation. Because I am half Ojibway and half Caucasian, we will be called the Occasions. And of course, since I'm founding the new nation, I will be a Special Occasion."

400 Kilometres
This is the third play in Drew Hayden Taylor's hilarious and heart-wrenching identity-politics trilogy. Janice Wirth, a thirty-something urban professional, must come to grips with the question of her "true identity." Her adoptive parents have just retired, and are about to sell their house to embark on a quest for their own identity by "returning" to England. Meanwhile, the Native father of her child-to-be is attempting to convince Janice/Grace that their new generation's future lies with their "own people" at Otter Lake.
The Buz'Gem Blues
This is the third play in Drew Hayden Taylor's ongoing zany, outrageous, often farcical examination of both Native and non-Native stereotypes in what is to become what he calls his "Blues Quartet." The Buz'Gem Blues is not a play about clichés with which we have become so familiar that we recognize them as stereotypes instantly, but rather about how our ritualized and institutionalized systems of maintaining and policing those clichés prevent us from recognizing our common humanity within each other.
Furious Observations Furious Observations of a Blue-Eyed Ojibwa:
Funny, you don't look like one, two, three.

According to Drew, "what started as an irritated rant in a newspaper over ten years ago has now born its third litter." This is the best of articles, opinions and observations that have appeared in Windspeaker, Now Magazine, CBC Radio, The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail and others.
"...Drew Hayden Taylor never fails to make me both laugh and think." -London Free Press
Boy in the Treehouse The Boy In The Treehouse and Girl Who Loved Her Horses
In these two plays about the process of becoming adults, Drew Hayden Taylor works his delightfully comic and bitter-sweet magic on the denials, misunderstandings and preconceptions which persist between Native and Colonial culture in North America. (stageplay $16.95 Cdn)
"...one of Canada's 'hottest' young playwrights, and long recognized for his witty essays and journalism." -World Literature Today
AlterNatives AlterNatives
A fascinating gathering of dinner guests come together over dinner and a vast menu of cultural differences in this highly entertaining play about clashing ideologies.
"Drew Hayden Taylor has a deft touch for mixing comedy and commentary in an entertaining and all-Canadian form of social satire." -Vancouver Sun
Further Adventures Further Adventures of a Blue-Eyed Ojibway:
Funny, you don't look like One, two.

This sequel offers more stories, articles and essays providing a humorous and insightful look into Aboriginal cultures and issues.
"Drew Hayden Taylor is one of those dangerous writers who knows the potential of humour, and how far it can reach into society, how deep it can cut, how quickly it can heal." -Thomas King
Baby Blues The Baby Blues
This is Drew Hayden Taylor's highly wrought farce of patrimony in a politically correct, post-colonial milieu of 'fancy dancers' of very stripe on the Pow wow trail. The Baby Blues is the winner of the Alaska State University Playwrights Award.
"A rowdy and often moving journey off the highway and onto the dirt roads of memory" -Now Magazine
Fearless Warrior Fearless Warrior
Ultimately, these stories become bridges of understanding between cultures, giving access to the inexplicable actions of characters at the distant edges of our imaginations. Unforgettable reading!
"Drew Hayden Taylor is a fine storyteller. He enjoys spinning a story, and his audience enjoys hearing it." -Now Magazine
Only Drunks and Children Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth
Again exploring clashes not only of cultures but also personalities and philosophies, this play is a story of family and the emotional politics of coming home.
"(Drew Hayden Taylor) can make you laugh one minute, then cry the next, and leaves you with lines and images that you will remember long after the curtain comes down."
-Richard Ouzounian, CBC
Funny you don't look Funny, You don't look like One
This collection is a look at the ideas and observations of a Native person travelling around Canada, ranging from downright hilarious yarns to thoughtful, edgy essays that beg to be read again.
"Page after page of this book is filled with social and cultural observations that put our most solemn pundits to shame" -Richard Ouzounian, CBC
Someday Someday
Although this play is grounded in the reprehensible Canadian policy of the 1950's and 60's of removing Native children from their families, this story of a family's reunion is told with warmth and wit and Drew Hayden Taylor's unique brand of humour. Someday is an entertaining, humourous, and spirited play that packs an intense emotional wallop.
Bootlegger Blues The Bootlegger Blues
A romantic comedy of sorts, this play is about love, family, and what to do with too much beer. Again, Drew Hayden Taylor's deft sense of wit and understanding for his subjects embues the tale with more life than can possibly be contained between the covers of one book.
Dreamers Rock Toronto at Dreamer's Rock and Education is Our Right
In these two plays, Drew Taylor delves into the past and speculates about the future as he examines the dilemmas facing young Native Canadians today. This is his first book, introducing us to the wonderful combination of humour, passion, spirituality and tough realism that would shape his literary efforts for these following ten years.

The books and plays listed above are available at Whetung Gallery, along with many other fiction and non-fiction titles by, for, or about Native Canadians. Please visit the bookshop below the main gallery.