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THOUGHTS AND OTHER HUMAN TENDENCIES

Published Under BookLand PressThoughts and Other Human Tendencies is a poetry collection where stories of Aboriginal experiences are distilled into feelings and thoughts that are universal.

Reneltta Arluk weaves the traditional and the contemporary together through the eyes of a young Aboriginal woman. She draws from the Aboriginal tradition of praising the land and the spirit, the realities of Aboriginal culture, and the concept of feminine individuality. Her poems, both sacred and secular, are written with the passions of anger, grief, and love, at once tender and furious.

She celebrates the everyday acts, rituals, and stories that draw people together across the years and across the distances of cultural dispersion. Here are tales of love, betrayal, courage, defeat, acceptance, loss, grief, passion, delight, courting, coming of age, birth and death, youth and old age, hunting and surviving. The poems are united by the history of her ancestors and the ongoing struggle to define what it means to be a tribal member, an Aboriginal, and a woman in the twenty first century.

Thoughts and Other Human Tendencies is now available in Cree, mâmitoneyihtamowina ekwa kotakak ayisiniwak ot'swepinikewiniwâwa. Translated by Susan Sinclair. Recently in French, Pensées et Autres Propensions de L'Espèce Humaine with Les Éditions de La Grenouillère Inc. Translated by Carole Beaulieu. 


 

Reneltta Arluk is a writer and actor of Dene and Inuvialuit descent from the Northwest Territories. Her first written work, TUMIT, is a one-woman play exploring personal relationships and the breaking of cycles. TUMIT, meaning tracks in Inuktitut, takes her storytelling one step further. Thoughts And Other Human Tendencies is Reneltta’s first book. A collage of poetry exploring relations and culture from the perspective of an Aboriginal woman finding her passions and capturing the snippets of joy and pain that come from the experience.
 
Reneltta has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting degree from the University of Alberta. She is fortunate to continually work as an actor and playwright throughout Canada and internationally keeping her culture alive.


Unlike many works of poetry, Thoughts and Other Human Tendencies has a clear progression through the growing pains of youth to more adult, even risqué subject matter. The poems comprise the intensely personal and in many ways autobiographical work about growing up and dealing with the joy and pain the process entails.
— NORTHERN JOURNAL
Reneltta Arluk once acted a script I had written. She gave breath, blood, and body to a character I had imagined. Here, in these poems, she does the same for herself, for her own history. Here is the script for the drama only she could enact.
— STEPHEN SCOBIE, GOVERNER GENERAL'S AWARD WINNER
In Thoughts And Other Human Tendencies, Reneltta Arluk sings to us in dialects of confession and celebration. In her poems and in her brilliance, she dances strong for all of us.
— RICHARD VAN CAMP, AUTHOR OF THE LESSER BLESSED
With her poems, Reneltta Arluk captures such precise beauty and profound insight. I was blown away. She is a rising star.
— JOSEPH BOYDEN, SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE WINNER
There is both wisdom and magic in these words with some bare bones truth telling that makes me feel less alone.
— LEANNE BETASAMOSAKE SIMPSON, RBC CHARLES TAYLOR EMERGING WRITER AWARD WINNER

 

Kwe: Standing With Our Sisters
edited by Joseph Boyden
Kwe means "woman" in Ojibwe. Kwe is a call to action to bring awareness to our missing and murdered Indigenous women.

Penguin Canada is donating all proceeds from the sale of Kwe: Standing With Our Sisters to Amnesty International's No More Stolen Sisters initiative.

 

At the ARC Poetry Northern Edition Launch in Ottawa, ON
Blue Collar/Red Trash