Highway’s “Kiss of the Fur Queen”

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The beginning:
Highway’s "Kiss of the Fur Queen"
Highway’s Kiss of the Fur Queen even begins, there appears an interesting note. This note, titled “A Note on the Trickster” (Introduction), states that the trickster motif in aboriginal myth – “
Weesageechak
” in Cree – is important: “his role is to teach us about the nature and the meaning of existence on the planted Earth; he straddles the consciousness of man and that of God, the Great Spirit” (Introduction). Highway, by including this note, is setting up the rest of the text. At some point, the note suggests, this trickster figure will appear and probably take on a central role. This role, however, is complicated by the presence of another figure: the
Weetigo
. The
Weetigo
appears to be a very violent...
The end:
.....presents the threat of white culture – and is the second important theme. There is neither ambiguity nor any
humor
to be found in the terrible creature – and in this way it is greatly contrasted against
Weesageechak
. Whenever the
Weetigo
appears white culture is at its worst: abusive priests and monstrous shopping centers. For aboriginal society, it is not easy to avoid the destructive effects of white culture. But the text contends that while modern culture may be difficult and damaging there is still room for aboriginal traditions to effectively mediate modernity. Indeed, as Highway states in his introduction, the
Weesageechak
is not gone, only transformed.
Works Cited
Highway,
Tomson
. Kiss of the Fur Queen. Toronto: Random House, 1998.