“When I wrote the song “Two Roads,” I was thinking of our Native youth. The road is harder for them – they have peer pressure, trying to be one of the crowd, but always trying to follow the right path as well. Our youth are like the flowers we plant – we nurture them and watch to see how the plant is doing. We try to coax it into a good flowering, always helping it along. We only hope they take the good road. It is hard, but worth it – especially for the happiness at the end.”
Rita Joe, quoted in Rita Joe: Autobiography of a Mi’kmaq Poet. Charlottetown: Ragweed Press, 1996: 180.
This selection comes from the film footage of Song of Eskasoni (1993, NFB/Morningtide Films). Directed by Brian Guns, the film celebrates the life, poetry and song of Rita Joe.
Two Roads, 1992. Rita Joe/Brian Guns. Song of Eskasoni Collection. Beaton Institute, Cape Breton University.