【活動報導】「英美文學夏日講座」第三場: 6/12 "Poetry Reading and the Role of Native Arts in Indigenous Resilience and Flourishing"

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As the world continues to unite in efforts to combat the global pandemic of 2020, the EALA is honored to have Professor Kimberly M. Blaesar as the third guest speaker in our series of summer lectures. Named Wisconsin Poet Laureate for 2015-2016, Professor Blaesar is an award-winning author enrolled in the White Earth Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. Through the performance of her poems, she first illustrates the role of art and literature in indigenous resilience, and then demonstrates the power of poetry in healing the soul.

Starting with her poem “Ikwe-niimi: Dancing Resistance,” Professor Blaesar talks about the native people’s healing tradition of the Jingle Dress Evening Dance. She describes the significance of art in native culture, and performs her poem (“All Alone”) about life amidst COVID-19. Then through her poem about wild rice which celebrates a connection to tradition, she explains that the containers of native stories are everywhere in the world around us. She summarizes the many functions of the arts including survivance, relatedness, and healing, as well as bringing forth political justice and effectively changing the world.

Finally, Professor Blaesar showcases the art of photography and pictures along with a beautiful 2-voice reading of the “Anishinaabe Dream Song with Pictograph.” She goes on to share the creative process and inspiration behind many of her picto-poems, saying that “we always see through the lenses of culture and story.” She concludes with a poem written about Taiwan, as well as invitation for the audience to join her in the recital of “A Song for Giving Back,” bridging the gap of time and distance through our mutual connection to the spirit of water.

 

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