The Maynard
Spring 2016

Francine Cunningham

A conversation with a massage therapist

What are you?

Excuse me?

You don’t look all white.

I’m Indigenous.

Oh, well what kind of native are you?


You don’t really look it.

I am also Scottish and Métis on my dad’s side.

Were you raised on a reserve?

No, I was raised in the city.

Oh, well I guess you’re not a real one then, right?

. . .

What do you do?

I’m a student.

High school upgrading?

No, I’m getting my masters degree.

Well, good thing you got the taxpayers to pay for it right? Wish I could go to school for free.

. . .

Anyways, I guess you’re one of the good ones, right?


Well, you’re not a drunk or anything, good for you.

. . .

Ok, turn over let me get to your back.