Armand Garnet Ruffo’s work—strongly influenced by his Anishinaabe (Ojibway) heritage—sheds light on contemporary Indigenous issues such as the environment, spirituality, education, and self-determination.
He is the author of five collections of poetry including At Geronimo’s Grave, winner of the Archibald Lampman Award for Poetry, and The Thunderbird Poems that accompanied his creative biography of Norval Morrisseau, Man Changing Into Thunderbird. Armand’s critically acclaimed film about residential schools, A Windigo Tale, won Best Picture at the American Indian Film Festival, and Best Feature film at Edmonton’s Dreamspeaker Film Festival. He also co-edited the 2013 edition of An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature in English.
An associate professor at Queen’s University, Armand teaches Aboriginal literature and creative writing, and lives in Kingston.
Appearing in: WR. 2: Life Lessons: Telling Your Story
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