December 28, 2008

They Call Me Chief by Don Marks

I just learned of another 2008 title. Author Don Marks and small Winnipeg Publisher J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing combined to give us a look at the history of Native hockey players in their 280 page book They Call Me Chief: Warriors on Ice.

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The book tells the fascinating stories of native athletes who overcame tremendous obstacles to star in the National Hockey League. Native athletes like Fred Sasakamoose, the first Indian to play in the NHL. Reggie Leach. Bryan Trottier. George Armstrong. Ted Nolan.

I have not read the book, but it is a chronicle of how these Native players had to battle not only racism but culture shock and isolation amongst other obstacles to success.

None other than Don Cherry writes the book's foreword.

I learned of the book courtesy of a CBC Radio podcast. Host Robin Brown interviews author Don Marks on her program The Inside Track. You can listen to the entire podcast here.


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