Tomson Highway

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Birthday
6, 1951
Birthplace
Canada
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
6, 1951 (age 67)
Birthplace
Canada

About

The recipient of the prestigious Floyd S. Chalmers and Dora Mavor Moore literary awards, this Cree-Canadian writer is perhaps most famous for his plays Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing (1989) and The Rez Sisters (1986).

Before Fame

After earning bachelor's degrees in English and Music from the University of Western Ontario, he became a social worker on Native Canadian reservations, an experience that would inform many of his literary works.

Trivia

He penned a 1998 novel titled Kiss of the Fur Queen and wrote Dragonfly Kites, Caribou Song, and other acclaimed children's books. He was the 2001 recipient of a National Aboriginal Achievement Award.

Family Life

Tragically, his younger brother, actor and dancer René Highway, died of AIDS in 1990. A native of Brochet, Manitoba, Tomson Highway later shared homes in both Ontario and France with his longtime partner, Raymond Lalonde.

Associated With

He and his Canadian contemporary, screen actor Gordon Tootoosis, both grew up in Cree families.

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