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Vera Manuel (1949–2010) was Secwepemc-Ktunaxa, daughter of cultural leader Marceline Paul and political leader George Manuel, Sr, born in 1949. She grew up on the Neskonlith Reservation in the interior of British Columbia, and lived for many years in Vancouver, Canada, where she died in January 2010. She worked as a playwright, poet, writer, healer and educator, in diverse communities across North America. She wrote and produced numerous plays about cultural oppression and genocide,as an independent artist and through Storytellers Theatre, including The Strength of Indian Women and Every Warrior's Song. Her poetry and short stories were published in journals and anthologies, and—like her plays—performed at a variety of venues across Canada and the US.
Her play, Strength of Indian Women was staged throughout North America and published in the book, Two Plays about Residential Schools (along with Larry Loyie). Her work was honoured with inclusion at the Native American Women Playwrights Program, housed at Maima University, in Oxford, Ohio.
Books and other media
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- Beyond the Pale: Dramatic Writing from First Nations Writers & Writers of Colour, Yvette Nolan et al, 1996
- Two Plays about Residential Schools (Living Traditions, 1998)
- Monologues for Actors of Color, Women, Roberta Uno, ed. Routlege, 2000
- Survivor (2008; videopoem; Director, Doreen Manuel; Soundscape/composer, Sandy Scofield; Poem "Justice" by Vera Manuel)
- Native American Drama, A Critical Perspective, Christy Stanlake (Cambridge University Press), 2009
- Footpaths & Bridges: Voices from the Native American Women Playwrights Archive, Shirley Huston-Findley & Rebecca Howard, eds. (University of Michigan Press), 2008
- The Native American Women Playwrights Archive: Adding Voices, Rebecca Howard
- An Introduction to the North American Indian Drama Collection, Christy Stanlake
- A companion to twentieth century American Drama, David Krasner, Blackwell, 2005
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