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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ed Donald Two-Rivers  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry


Died: December 28, 2008

-- Ed Donald Two-Rivers on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

He lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

E. Donald Two-Rivers is active in the arts and native rights movements. He founded the Red Path Theater Company in Chicago to promote plays by and about Native Americans.

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Titles At Your Library

A Dozen Cold Ones by Two Rivers: Native American Poetry in an Urban Setting
ISBN: 1877636150

March Abrazo. 1992

Unless you've prepared your moral indifference about Native Americans challenged, you'd better put this dynamic book of poetry down. Ed Two Rivers has poured into the print raw energy of survival his people harnessed to remain a free-spirited community. All right, break a cold stereotype and read this Anishanobae's word, NOW! (Carlos Cumpian, poet and edtor of A Dozen Cold Ones). Eddie's native land is what is now northwest Ontario. He is of the Anishanobae Nation (In "Canada" "Native Americans" are "called" "First Nation."). Through his poetry he wanted to be known as a child of the Anishanobae Nation and one of the Ozhkabewisug (the messengers). Eddie is also known as an Ojibway Indian. Speaking with him, we spoke deeply about deculturation and what it can do to one's psyche and the symptoms of damaged psyche be it the "red-man", "black" or "white." A Dozen Cold Ones is NOT about what the phrase has come to mean. A Dozen Cold Ones is about [broken] promises, poetry, the past, the current and the future. Aye.

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