The Sing Our Rivers Red exhibition and poetry reading was a powerfully moving experience. I and the audience, in the words of Hannabah Blue, bore witness to the to painful and resilient stories of native women. I was made aware of how powerful the act of bearing witness can be, when the narratives are being actively silenced and swept under the rug. Abandoned. Ignored. This spoke, again, to the importance of cultural narratives: to their power in writing and re-writing memory, and in creating a space for healing. I thought about the role of art – poetry, painting, film, etc – in affording hope, and power; in bringing people together; in creating conversation.
I encourage everyone to check out the Sing Our Rivers Red project and learn more about the amazing work they do.