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vol. 1-, 1984-. Toronto, Sweetgrass Arts Publishing, 6 issues a year. $13.50 a year, ISSN 0825-1886. Distributed by Sweet-grass Arts Publishing, 241 Queen St. E., Toronto, Ont., M5 A 1S5. Example: Preview issue, May/June 1984

Grades 9 and up
Reviewed by Sharon A. McCue

Volume 13 Number 1
1985 January

Sweetgrass has grown from the remains of the Ontario Indian. If its premier issue is a good example, we have much to which we can look forward. The format, on glossy paper, includes some full-colour pictures and easily readable type. In the world of native magazines, where shoestring budgets are the norm, this magazine seems luxurious. It is a pleasure to read a story on an artist accompanied by full-colour pictures to aid one's understanding of the individual's work.

The magazine aims to be national and tries very hard to break that Ontario bias of which so many magazines, both Indian and non-Indian, are guilty. The result is that this premiere issue includes articles on the survival of Inuktitut by Bernadette K. Immaroitok and Peter Jull, a report on native unemployment which seldom drops below seventy per cent of the native population by Tanya Lester, and an account of the petroglyphs of the Micmac by Brian Molyneux.

The articles average three pages in length and are both interesting and well written. In addition, there is a short story by Basil Johnston, a section called "Four Directions" that covers native news, a crafts section, some poetry and book reviews.

In all, it is a pleasure to see this publication born. One can only hope for its long life and continued quality. Recommended for high school and public libraries.

Sharon A. McCue, James Bay Eeyou School, Chisasibi, Que.
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