Laughing with the Trickster

By Tomson Highway,

Book cover of Laughing with the Trickster: On Sex, Death, and Accordions

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Brilliant, jubilant insights into the glory and anguish of life from one of the world's most treasured Indigenous creators.

Trickster is zany, ridiculous. The ultimate, over-the-top, madcap fool. Here to remind us that the reason for existence is to have a blast and to laugh ourselves silly.

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What could have been if this worldview, this ideology, this collective subconscious, this pantheistic Indigenous mythology, had been listened to, if it had been respected?

This is a question I have asked myself many times. Thompson Highway looks at a rarely discussed (by settlers) aspect of Indigenous cultures: the humour. He argues it’s embedded in the languages, which he says are inherently hilarious.

I feel the answer to his question is, in part, that humans would have a better chance of surviving. And as Highway indicates, living joyfully, laughing till we fart, laughing till we die. This is a brilliantly…

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