Objective: Tomson Highway's play "The Rez Sisters" portrays a group of women on a Canadian Indian reserve. Canadian reserves are comparable to Indian reservations in the United States, where land was parceled off to Native American tribes or sects. This lesson will explore the meaning of the title of the play along with the history and life on the Canadian reserves.
1) Short answer: Explain the meaning of the title "The Rez Sisters." Why does the author use the shortened, perhaps slang term, "rez" for reserve? Are all of the women in the play sisters? What could the author be trying to portray by calling the women sisters, other than in a familial relationship sense?
2) Group Activity: In groups, research the history and present day status of the Canadian reserves. Compare your findings with what you already know about life on a reserve or reservation. Based on this...
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