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Stages and Pages: Cottagers and Indians

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Stages and Pages is an ongoing partnership created between the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) and the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC).  Visit Stages and Pages for details of the partnership and scroll down to link to a list of Titles to Explore for each play in the 2019-2020 season.  These titles are gathered by a team of OPL Librarians for you, the playgoer.  Borrow these titles and further explore the thought-provoking themes of the plays. 


In Cottagers and Indians, prolific playwright Drew Hayden Taylor takes a humourous approach to a serious issue. Hayden Taylor, who lives in Curve Lake First Nation, was inspired by an ongoing conflict in the Kawarthas between cottagers and Indigenous groups around the use of waterways for cultivation of wild rice. Two characters, the cottager Maureen and the indigenous farmer Arthur each tell the story from their own perspectives in monologues that twine together, illuminating the gulf in their understanding of each other.    

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If you’d like to learn more about the issues behind this play, or enjoy more indigenous humour, check out the resources on the list below.

GCTC 2019-2020: Cottagers and Indiansby allison_library

As part of the Ottawa Public Library's "Stages and Pages" partnership with the Great Canadian Theatre Company, we have compiled this list to accompany the production of Cottagers and Indians, which opens at the GCTC on November 26th, 2019.