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The Buz'gem Blues

The Buz'gem Blues

Drew Hayden Taylor

ISBN: 9780889224629

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"The Buz'Gem Blues" is the third play in Drew Hayden Taylor's ongoing zany, outrageous, often farcical examination of both Native and non-Native stereotypes in what is to become what he calls his "Blues Quartet."
Marianne has talked her mother, Martha, into attending an Elders conference with her, where she is to be used as a resource person, even though Martha doesn't believe she has anything to offer anyone. Held in a college setting, the keynote paper of the conference is a dissertation on "the courting, love, and sexual habits of contemporary First Nations people as perceived by Western Society," delivered by none other than a "Professor Savage." Just to keep the caricatures in balance, Savage's nemesis throughout the action is a young Native man, replete with dark sunglasses and a Mountie coat, who goes by the name "The Warrior Who Never Sleeps."
"The Buz'Gem Blues" is not a play about cliches with which we have become so familiar that we recognize them as stereotypes instantly, but rather about how our ritualized and institutionalized systems of maintaining and policing those cliches prevent us from recognizing our common humanity within each other.
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