Richard Van Camp is a proud member of the Dogrib (Tlicho) Dene from Fort Smith, NWT, and an internationally renowned storyteller and best-selling author. His novel, The Lesser Blessed, is now a movie and premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. He is the author of three collections of short stories, Angel Wing Splash Pattern, The Moon of Letting Go and Godless but Loyal to Heaven, as well as two children’s books with Cree artist, George Littlechild: A Man Called Raven and What’s the Most Beautiful Thing You Know About Horses? He also has written comic books for youth and three baby books. Richard currently lives in Edmonton.
Adapted from the powerful and irreverent first novel by Tlicho author Richard Van Camp, the movie, like the book, promises to give us one of the most original teenage characters in recent Canadian cinema.
Larry is a Tlicho Indian growing up in the small northern town of Fort Simmer. His tongue, hallucinations and fantasies are hotter than the centre of the sun. At sixteen, he loves heavy metal music, the North and Juliet Hope, the high school “hottie”. When Johnny Beck, a Métis from Hay River, moves to town, Larry is ready for almost anything.
Skinny as spaghetti, nervy and self-deprecating, Larry is an appealing mixture of bravado and vulnerability. His past holds many terrors: an abusive father, and an accident that almost killed him. But through his friendship with Johnny, and his lust for Juliet, he’s ready now to face his memories — and his future. The Lesser Blessed is an eye-opening depiction of what it is to be a young Native man in today’s modern world.
Richard will also be giving a talk at 1pm at the Dawson City Communtiy Library.
In partnership with the Yukon Public Libraries, The Teslin Tlingit Council, The Yukon Film Society, Klondike Institute of Art and Culture and the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre