Daniel David Moses

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Daniel David Moses is a First Nations playwright from Canada. He is a Delaware from the Six Nations Reserve in southern Ontario. His plays include Coyote City, a nominee for the 1991 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama, his most traveled, Almighty Voice and his Wife, and the James Buller Award Winner The Indian Medicine Shows. His newest books are A Small Essay on the Largeness of Light and Other Poems (2012) and the Oxford University Press' An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature in English, of which he is a founding co-editor (2013). He teaches as an associate professor and a Queen's National Scholar in the Department of Drama, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario.

Early Life

Daniel was born 18th of February, 1952 in Ohsweken, Ontario. He was raised on the Six Nations reserve. He is the son of David Nelson Moses and Blanche Ruth Jamieson Moses. Debora Blanche Moses is his sister. On his father's side, he is Delaware, and through his mother's side he has relations among the Tuscarora.


He studied at York University and received an Honors Bachelor of Arts, as well as a Masters in Fine Arts from when he studied at the University of British Columbia.


Moses' worked for two decades as an independent Toronto-based playwright and poet. In 2003 he then joined the Department of Drama as a Queen’s National Scholar. He has also worked as a dramaturge, editor, essayist, teacher, and artist-, playwright- or writer-in-residence with institutions as varied as Theatre Passe Muraille, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the University of British Columbia, the Sage Hill Writing Experience, Concordia University, the National Arts Centre’s English Theatre and Institute for American Indian Arts (Santa Fe, NM). He has served on the boards of the Association for Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts, Native Earth Performing Arts (of which he was president for seven years), and the Playwrights Guild of Canada. Daniel co-founded, with Lenore Keeshig-Tobias and Tomson Highway, the short-lived but influential Committee to Re-Establish the Trickster. [1]


  • Delicate Bodies (1980)
  • The White Line (1988)
  • Coyote City: A Play in Two Acts (1990)
  • The Dreaming Beauty (1990)
  • Almighty Voice and His Wife (2009)
  • The Moon and Dead Indians (1994)
  • The Indian Medicine Shows (1996)
  • Big Buck City (1998)
  • The Witch of Niagara (1998)
  • Brebeuf's Ghost (2000)
  • Sixteen Jesuses (2000)
  • City of Shadows: Necropolite! (2000)
  • Songs of Love and Medicine (2005)
  • Pursued by a Bear: Talks, Monologues and Tales (2005)
  • Kyotopolis (2008)
  • River Range: Poems (2009)


  1. [1]
  1. http://www.danieldavidmoses.com/index.shtml
  2. http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/daniel-david-moses/

Name:Daniel David Moses
Location:Six Nations Reserve, Ontario