Take us to your chief : and other stories

by Taylor, Drew Hayden, 1962-

Format: Print Book 2016
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A forgotten Haudenosaunee social song beams into the cosmos like a homing beacon for interstellar visitors. A computer learns to feel sadness and grief from the history of atrocities committed against First Nations. A young Native man discovers the secret to time travel in ancient petroglyphs. Drawing inspiration from science fiction legends like Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury, Drew Hayden Taylor frames classic science-fiction tropes in an Aboriginal perspective.

The nine stories in this collection span all traditional topics of science fiction--from peaceful aliens to hostile invaders; from space travel to time travel; from government conspiracies to connections across generations. Yet Taylor's First Nations perspective draws fresh parallels, likening the cultural implications of alien contact to those of the arrival of Europeans in the Americas, or highlighting the impossibility of remaining a "good Native" in such an unnatural situation as a space mission.

Infused with Native stories and variously mysterious, magical and humorous, Take Us to Your Chief is the perfect mesh of nostalgically 1950s-esque science fiction with modern First Nations discourse.

Culturally inappropriate armageddon
I am ... am I
Lost in space Dreams of doom
Mr. Gizmo
Take us to your chief.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Taylor is on a mission to create science fiction written by indigenous First Nations authors. That alone makes his collection of short stories important. These nine stories are highly entertaining, the quality is high, and his range of tone is impressive. The First Nations perspective gives an interesting take on the first contact theme, paralleling the arrival of Europeans to the Americas. Most of these stories are humorous, but there are a couple serious ones thrown in. Many have a 1950s, Silver Era, silly pop-movie feel, which lends them a nostalgic patina. Unfortunately, the retro feel of these stories is at odds with the progressive goal of the author, coming across a tad dated and frivolous. The collection is a fun and quick read, but as entertaining as these stories are, such a slim volume isn't quite enough to satisfy. Still, readers will be looking for more to come from Taylor.--Keogh, John Copyright 2017 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "This short story collection mixing sci-fi with First Nations myths and contemporary politics highlights prolific writer Taylor's formidable talents across genres. Taylor (The Night Wanderer) cleverly uses the tropes of science fiction-alien connections, government conspiracies, thinking machines, time travel-to frame colonial-indigenous relations in an off-kilter way. The funniest and most fully realized of the stories is "Dreams of Doom," in which First Nations people discover the government has been spying on them using specially adapted dream catchers. A more poignant story is "Lost in Space," in which Mitchell, a First Nations astronaut on a long mission, learns of his grandfather's death back on Earth. His vessel's artificial intelligence, known as Mac, is a wholly inadequate companion for grieving-until it tracks down some lost footage of Mitchell's grandfather. Exploring the complicated no-man's-land that looms large between modernity and tradition, this collection is an unromanticized attempt to make sense of the world we live in with all its problems and benefits. Although the collection is probably too retro to appeal to serious fans of speculative fiction, its intriguing combination of serious politics and good fun will appeal to a broad readership. Agent: Janine Cheeseman, Aurora Artists. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Indians of North America -- Fiction.
Science fiction.
Short stories.
Publisher Madeira Park, BC :2016
Contributors Wilensky, Shirarose, editor.
Language English
Description ix, 150 pages ; 23 cm
ISBN 9781771621311
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