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A Cultural History of Canada

May 16, 2021

In which Kevin Hutchings (Professor of English at the University of Northern British Columbia) joins us to talk about the once-famous Ojibwe Methodist writer, George Copway (Kah-ge-ga-gah-bowh)! From Copway's relation to Romanticism to his resistance to European hegemony, this episode covers a lot! Kevin was great and allowed us to make one of our favourite episodes yet. 

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You can find some of Copway's works linked below and at


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Sources & Further Reading:

  • C. L. Howey, Meghan. “‘The Question Which Has Puzzled, and Still Puzzles’: How American Indian Authors Challenged Dominant Discourse about Native American Origins in the Nineteenth Century.” American Indian Quarterly, vol. 34, no. 4, 2010, pp. 435–474.
  • Copway, George. “Once More I See My Father’s Land,” Canadian Poetry from the Beginnings Through the First World War, 2010, pp. 83.
  • Copway, George. The Life, History, and Travels of Kah-ge-ga-gah-bowh, Albany, Weed and Parsons, 1847.
  • Hutchings, Kevin. Transatlantic Upper Canada: Portraits in Literature Land and British-Indigenous Relations, McGill-Queen's University Press, 2020. 
  • “Orature and Literature,” CanLit Guides, 2016.
  • Petrone, Penny. “Copway, George.” The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature, Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • Rex, Cathy. “Survivance and Fluidity: George Copway's The Life, History, and Travels of Kah-Ge-Ga-Gah-Bowh.” Studies in American Indian Literatures, vol. 18, no. 2, 2006, pp. 1–33.
  • Smith, Donald. "The Life of George Copway or Kah-ge-ga-gah-bowh (1818-1869) — and a review of his writings", Journal of Canadian Studies, Vol. 23, no. 3, Fall 1988, pp. 5-38.