Joseph A. Dandurand


Joseph A. Dandurand is a Kwantlen Indian (Xalatsep) from Kwantlen First Nation in British Columbia. He is a poet, playwright, fisherman, researcher, archaeologist and, most important, the proud father of : Danessa, age 7, Marlysse, age 2, and our new one: Jace.

Joseph received a Diploma in Performing Arts from Algonquin College and studied Theatre and Direction at the University of Ottawa. His produced plays include Crackers and Soup (1994), No Totem for My Story (1995), Where Two Rivers Meet (1995), and Please Don't Touch the Indians (1998) for the Red Path Theater in Chicago. Joseph has also authored a radio script, St Mary's which was produced by CBC Radio in 1999.

His poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies and are collected in Upside Down Raven, I Touched the Coyote's Tongue, and burning for the dead and scratching for the poor.

Writing available online

St. Mary's III
St. Mary's IV
Fort Langley


The World Premiere of Joseph's new play , Please Do Not Touch the Indians, will be March 18, 2004, at the Autry National Center, as part of the Native Voices at the Autry series. Joseph has been a Playwright-in-Residence for the Museum of Civilization in Hull, in 1995 and for Native Earth in Toronto in 1996.

Books by Joseph A. Dandurand or containing his work


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Please Do Not Touch the Indians. Available from renegade planets publishing.


shake, skyuks press
looking into the eyes of my forgotten dreams, Kegedonce Press, 2000.
Reprinted by Hushion House (Feb. 2004) [Buy from Amazon Canada]
Review in Prairie Fire: a Canadian Magazine of New Writing
Upside Down Raven
I Touched the Coyote's Tongue,
burning for the dead and scratching for the poor

Anthologies       icon

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Genocide of the Mind, Marijo Moore (Editor), Thunder's Mouth Press. [Buy from Amazon Canada]
Gatherings, The En'owkin Journal of First North American Peoples
A Retrospective of the First Decade, Volume 10, Theytus Books. [Buy from Amazon Canada]
An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature in English,
Daniel David Moses & Terry Goldie (Editors), Oxford University Press. [Buy from Amazon Canada]
Mother Earth Perspectives: Gatherings, Vol. III, Theytus Books, Ltd. [Buy from Amazon Canada]
Unmasking the Faces of Our Divided Nations: Gatherings, Vol. II, Theytus Books, Ltd. [Buy from Amazon Canada]

In Association with

This is an "official" site in that this page was constructed with the assistance and active collaboration of the poet, Joseph A. Dandurand. The website "author" is Karen M. Strom.

© 2000 Joseph A. Dandurand and Karen Strom.

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