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Pauline Johnson is best remembered for the poem "The Song My Paddle Sings", published in 1892, which has been memorized by generations of Canadian school children, but she also wrote short stories and journalism, and recorded the legends of the Squamish people. Her writing struggles to bring together the two world views, British and Native, with which she was acquainted, and her literary persona straddles the figures of the New Woman and the emergent Canadian author. Poet Glenn Wilmott, citing critic Terry Goldie, advises anyone who wants "to learn something about the history and historicity of literary value, go to this poet." Bibliographic Citation link.
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10 March 1861 PJ was born at the family home, Chiefswood, on the Six Nations Reserve near Brantford, Ontario. Bibliographic Citation link.
1883 PJ published her first poem, "My Little Jean", apparently in the periodical Gems of Poetry; but no verification has been made to date. Bibliographic Citation link.
27 February 1892 PJ first published her best-known poem, "The Song My Paddle Sings", in Saturday Night. Bibliographic Citation link.
February 1893 PJ's short story "Red Girl's Reasoning" was published in Dominion Illustrated after winning first prize for fiction in their contest the previous year. Bibliographic Citation link.
9 March 1913 A memorial service for PJ was held at the Mohawk Chapel on the Six Nations Reserve near Brantford, Ontario. Bibliographic Citation link.
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