Jeannette Armstrong on Native American Authors

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Jeannette Armstrong
, 1948-


Jeannette Armstrong was born in 1948 on the Okanagan Reserve in British Columbia. She received a Diploma of Fine Arts from Okanagan College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria. Armstrong’s main goal in writing is to educate young people about Native culture and history. She is the director of the En’owkin Center, a cultural and educational organization operated by the Okanagan Nation. In 1989 she helped to found the En’owkin School of International Writing, which is the first credit-giving creative writing program in Canada to be managed and operated expressly by and for Native people.

Awards and Honors

Mungo Martin Award, 1974Helen Pitt Memorial Award, 1978Honory Doctorate, St. Thomas University, 2000


Online resources by or about Jeannette Armstrong:

Jeannette Armstrong
Author: Jolene Dupont Johnson
Type: authorbio
Description: This page is part of a series from Voices from the Gaps: Women Writers of Color produced by the Department of English and Programs in American Studies at the University of Minnesota. Included is an in-depth biography, selected bibliography and related links.


Jeannette Armstrong – Profile
Author: English Department, University of Calgary
Type: authorbio
Description: This profile of Armstrong comes from the “writing canada into the millenium: canadian poets online” site.


Literary Space in the Works of Josie Boyle and Jeannette Armstrong
Author: Angeline O’Neill
Type: etext
Description: An essay from CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture: A WWWeb Journal 2.1 (2000)


Three Receive Honorary Doctorates at Spring Convocation
Author: Connections: The St. Thomas University Alumni Magazine
Type: authorbio
Description: Contains a short bio of Armstrong, in connection with the honory doctorate she received from St. Thomas University in Spring, 2000.


Writing about Jeannette Armstrong
Author: Karin Beeler
Type: authorbio
Description: Extensive listing of books, interviews and writings about Jeannette Armstrong and her work.


Books by Jeannette Armstrong:

Armstrong, Jeannette. Breath tracks
Stratford, Ont. : Williams-Wallace Publishers, 1991.
Genre: Poetry
ISBN: 0887950965

Armstrong, Jeannette. Enwhisteetkwa : walk in water
Penticton, B.C. : Okanagon Indian Curriculum Project, 1982.
Genre: Fiction
Audience: Youth
ISBN: 0919441122

Armstrong, Jeannette. How food was given

Armstrong, Jeannette. How names were given

Armstrong, Jeannette. How turtle set the animals free
Genre: Folklore

Armstrong, Jeannette. Looking at the words of our people : First Nations analysis of literature
Penticton, B.C. : Theytus Books, 1993.
Genre: Nonfiction
Audience: Adult
ISBN: 0919441521

Armstrong, Jeannette. Neekna and Chemai
Penticton, B.C. : Theytus Books, 1984.
Genre: Fiction
Audience: Youth
ISBN: 0919441130

Armstrong, Jeannette. Slash
Penticton, BC : Theytus Books, 1985.
Genre: Fiction
Audience: Adult

Armstrong, Jeannette. Whispering in shadows
Penticton, BC : Theytus Books, 2000.
Genre: Fiction
Audience: Adult
ISBN: 0919441998

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