THOUGHTS AND OTHER HUMAN TENDENCIES
Published Under BookLand Press, Thoughts 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.
TUMIT for purchase:
ARTICLES, BLOGS, COLUMNS, contributions:
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