Native American Authors
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:
Author: Jolene Dupont Johnson
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
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
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
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
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.
Armstrong, Jeannette. Enwhisteetkwa : walk in water
Penticton, B.C. : Okanagon Indian Curriculum Project, 1982.
Armstrong, Jeannette. How food was given
Armstrong, Jeannette. How names were given
Armstrong, Jeannette. How turtle set the animals free
Armstrong, Jeannette. Looking at the words of our people : First Nations analysis of literature
Penticton, B.C. : Theytus Books, 1993.
Armstrong, Jeannette. Neekna and Chemai
Penticton, B.C. : Theytus Books, 1984.
Armstrong, Jeannette. Slash
Penticton, BC : Theytus Books, 1985.
Armstrong, Jeannette. Whispering in shadows
Penticton, BC : Theytus Books, 2000.
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