Bodyscape: Isolation, Health, and the Woman’s Voice
Carole, however, chooses to live and love, even if it hurts. Thus, Carole can come out
from under the kitchen table and go enjoy her baby. Carole learns from both versions
of her grandmother about how to enjoy life more by not following their/her example.
The importance of understanding previous generations to ensure the well-being
of the present generation is also at the heart of Acoose: Man Standing Above Ground,
written in 1986 by Janice Acoose-Pelletier and Brenda Zeman. Where And Did the Dog
See This? features Harry, Piapot’s grandson, as simply another creation of the
playwright, Acoose: Man Standing Above Ground features one of its playwrights as a
character in the play. In the play, Janice Acoose-Pelletier goes for a run. Along the
way she gains a better understanding of her own grandfather. The play is a biographical
look at the life of Paul Acoose, world-record holding long-distance running champion
from the Sakimay Reserve. The voice of the playwright and a main character is the
same: Janice Acoose Pelletier. She acts as a main character and narrator. Janice
speaks between dramatized events in the life of Paul Acoose. Her narration recalls her
own memories of her grandfather. Dramatized scenes from Paul Acoose’s life are also
included, as is a narrator’s voice to fill in expositional information between the re-
created scenes of triumph and trial from Paul Acoose's life.
In Acoose: Man Standing Above Ground, Janice mourns for the sense of
belonging she felt at her grandparents’ home: “My kookum and mooshum were two
unique spirits. Their home on the reserve was a special meeting place for all my
cousins, aunts and uncles. That special feeling isn't there anymore” (84). Janice also
notes how Paul Acoose was torn between two worlds when it came to religion, “I can
still hear him proudly speaking of the rain dance and the joy he felt as a grass dancer.