An Aboriginal Presence

An Aboriginal Presence

Pauline Johnson (1861-1913)

Pauline Johnson was born to a Mohawk father and English mother on the Six Nations Reserve near Brantford, Ontario. She adopted the Mohawk name Tekahionwake (Double Wampum) and became a well-known poet and entertainer.

Pauline Johnson wrote popular poems with Aboriginal themes, and performed in both evening gowns and a fringed buckskin dress. Although she wrote in many genres, she was best known for her poetry, particularly "The Song My Paddle Sings."

Pauline Johnson - Library and Archives Canada - C-085125
Pauline Johnson, ca. 1895
Courtesy of Library and Archives Canada, C-085125

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