This is a quote from the play The Ecstasy of Rita Joe by George Ryga.
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If you’re interested, you can read an excerpt from the book here.
The Ecstasy of Rita Joe – Summary
Here is the play summary from StoryGraph:
Rita Joe is a Native girl who leaves the reservation for the city, only to die on skid row as a victim of white men’s violence and paternalistic attitudes towards First Nations peoples. As perhaps the best-known contemporary Canadian play and a poetic drama of enormous theatrical power, The Ecstasy of Rita Joe had a major influence in awakening consciousness to the “Indian problem” both in whites and Natives themselves.
Cast of five women and 15 men. With a preface by Chief Dan George.
The Ecstasy of Rita Joe premiered November 23, 1967 at the Vancouver Playhouse.
Copyright © 1970 by George Ryga.