Gritty, funny, provocative, angry – all of these adjectives might be used to describe the poetry of Heather Harris. Of Metis and Cree background, she interweaves native stories with the reality of the present-day native life. The result is sometimes humourous, sometimes provoking and at other times saddening. But the poetry never leaves the reader unmoved.
Harris’ voice is a powerful one, showing her individual strength and the strength and character of North America’s native cultures. She writes to celebrate her native roots. As the Rainbow Dance unites future and past generations, Heather’s poetry will bring together those who embrace and those who just admire the heritage. The poems act as a gateway to a further understanding of an ancient culture that has fascinated non-native Canadians for centuries.