Cypress Choral

Autumn's Orchestra

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Stewart Wilkinson
CP 1851
E. Pauline Johnson (1861-1913), the author of the text of “Autumn’s Orchestra” was born on the Six Nations reserve near Brantford, Ontario, the daughter of a Mohawk chief and an English immigrant mother. As a sickly child, she was schooled at home rather than in a residential school, and her parents encouraged respect for both English and Mohawk traditions. She related strongly to her native heritage, and her earliest poems celebrated that cultural connection.