The Secret of the Northern Lights continues the chronicle which has delighted thousands and outraged a select few since Silas Ermineskin first appropriated the English language in 1977 with Dance Me Outside. Silas shares the inside information learned as part of his apprenticeship to Mad Etta, medicine woman on the Ermineskin reserve. When he heads out on the road with “Brother” Frank Fencepost, the Trickster incarnate, the reader joins Silas on a slapstick First Nations tour through the follies of our culture. Humour, as always, is the leveler in these twelve new Hobbema stories. While nothing is taken too seriously, serious, even tragic, things do happen and sacred things are accomplished.
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