Trickster and Weetigo: Tomson Highways Fur Queen

by Spray, Mitchell Leslie

Abstract (Summary)
This project paper discusses the Cree mythology present in Tomson Highways Kiss of the Fur Queen. I contend that Highways conflation of the two mythological characters, Weesageechak and Weetigo, in the figure of the Fur Queen allows the dramatization of the interaction and confrontation between the aboriginal culture and colonizing culture. Through careful attention to imagistic references to the Cree Weetigo tradition, I contend that the Fur Queen is a complex metaphorical representation of the complicated reality faced by Highways characters. Through the Fur Queen, Weesageechak, the trickster, acts as a positive figure overseeing the success of her Aboriginal charges, while the cannibal Weetigo aspects of the Fur Queen represent the negative impacts and dangers faced by her charges within and from the colonizing Euro-Canadian culture.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Cooley, Ronald w.; Fagan, Kristina

School:University of Saskatchewan

School Location:Canada - Saskatchewan

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:canadian aboriginal literature


Date of Publication:09/19/2008

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