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Emily Pauline Johnson

Johnson, Emily Pauline, 1862–1913, Canadian poet, b. near Brantford, Ont.; daughter of an indigenous chief and his English wife. Although she had little formal training, Johnson's early poems praising native life were highly popular in recitals, and in 1892 she began a series of successful tours through the United States and England. Her poems, noted for their passion and dramatic intensity, appeared in White Wampum (1895), Canadian Born (1903), and Flint and Feather (1913), her collected poems. She also published a volume of tales of the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest entitled Legends of Vancouver (1911).

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