Considering the ongoing call for literary analysis that does not perform "a new act of colonization and conquest" but instead arises from inside the literature itself, the author examines how the Cree Medicine Wheel can be applied to a Cree authored text. Specifically, the author applies educator Herb Nabigon's interpretation of the wheel to playwright Tomson Highway's controversial play Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing. While acknowledging the primacy of the text itself and the need to ac-commodate other methodologies, the author points to the potential of applying traditional Native "ways of knowing" to literary analysis.

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Journal Canadian Journal of Native Studies
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Ruffo, A. (2009). Exposing the poison,staunching the wound: Applying aboriginal healing theory to literary analysis. Canadian Journal of Native Studies, 29(1-2), 91–100.