Warren Cariou


Warren Cariou was born in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan into a family of Métis and European heritage. He has published numerous articles on Canadian Aboriginal Literature and he has published a collection of novellas, The Exalted Company of Roadside Martyrs and an award-winning memoir/cultural history entitled Lake of the Prairies.  He has also co-directed and co-produced two films about Aboriginal people in western Canada’s oil sands region:  Overburdenand Land of Oil and Water.  His latest book is Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water, co-edited with Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair.  He is a Canada Research Chair and Director of the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture at the University of Manitoba.

Bannock Agency
for Althea Guiboche

Someone sew that bannock lady a cape, quick!
Start with nice moose hide, all velvet
like spring antlers, smudge-bowl scented,
then bead it with flowers from the old days
like Gabriel’s coat, and add some graffiti tags
and ribbons from Giant Tiger too, ch!
Oh, it’ll flutter in the breeze of her speed
as she leaps tall townhalls
deflecting legislation with a smile.
We’ll look up from the streets, see her there
leaving that Golden Boy in the dust
her cape of colours brighter than a flag.
Hey you guys, we’ll say, that’s no bird, no plane—
it’s that kah-kihci-iskwêw
bringing the bannock back home.

*kah-kihci-iskwêw: wonder woman

  • A new poem from Warren Cariou