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Episode 42: Tea With E Pauline Johnson

Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia

Good morning, Good Afternoon, Good Evening – wherever you are, thank you for listening in and joining the podcast conversation.

Today, I am taking tea with a poet that has gone before us – E. Pauline Johnson.  Poetry is necessary.  It is an intense, emotional language that speaks to our spirit, to our deep need for understanding and belonging.  We respond to the sounds, symbolism, rhythm of poetic language.

Poetry gives us the confidence to explore our fast-paced dynamic world. It also gives us a glimpse of past ways that may be unfamiliar to us in our current reality. When we read poetry, we must place the words within the context of history. Poetry cannot be limited to time for it gives power to what comes next. I am learning to see a wider perspective that is not confined to the lens of our time, our values, our societal constructs.  Pauline Johnson forged a personal identify, and in so doing, widened the path for others.  May we do the same…

I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you.

By Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

7 replies on “Episode 42: Tea With E Pauline Johnson”

Thank you for writing her name! I confess that I practiced pronouncing this name over and over and over again. Pauline Johnson accomplished much in a time when women were fighting for the right to vote. What a legacy she left, which goes back to the power fo storytelling.. At her funeral procession down Georgia Street to Stanley Park, the streets were filled with people saying goodbye to a friend. She was beloved in her time. Today, there is a revival of her work and her place in Canadian literature.

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Thank you for introducing me to such an interesting and gifted poet! Also with a dual ethnic heritage, Louise Erdrich is another North American writer whose parents instilled in her a love for learning, writing and amazing story telling.

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I have been very interested in E. Pauline Johnson for a number of years. What she accomplished during a time when Nellie McClung (The Group of Five) was fighting for women to be declared as “a person” was remarkable. (By the way, Nellie and Pauline did meet). Many try to define Pauline using the lens of today, but that is diminishing. The idea of dual ethnic heritage continues to evolve and adds a wonderful dynamic to our understanding of diversity. Thank you for the introduction to Louise Erdrich – I just reviewed all of her books. Exceptional!! I have just downloaded the audio of “Shadow Tag.” Storytelling is the best way to bring us together.

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Oh Liz, you would find this research project quite interesting, especially the debate and discussion surrounding Pauline’s interpretation and presentation. Most people look at her work through the lens of our reality, while the way in which to engage with E. Pauline Johnson is to imagine yourself at the turn of the 1900s. Looking forward to seeing your thought son this….

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