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15. Poetry of Liberation

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Joy Harjo - Selected Archive Items

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[3708] Jesse Logan Nusbaum, Entryway of House Near Guadalupe from Under Porch, Sante Fe, N.M. (1912),
courtesy of the Denver Public Library/Western History Department.
Creek poet Joy Harjo attended high school in Santa Fe. One of her goals has been to make poetry and prose that is more inclusive of the experiences of people of color.

[7382] Duncan, Chitto Harjo or Crazy Snake, Head-and-Shoulders Portrait, Facing Front (1903),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-111977].
Photograph of Creek chief Chitto Harjo, leader of dissident Creeks who opposed land allotments that violated earlier treaties. Joy Harjo is part Creek and an enrolled member of the Muscogee tribe. Harjo's work ties Native American heritage, including oral traditions, to contemporary themes.

[8313] Joy Harjo, Interview: "Native Voices and Poetry of Liberation" (2003),
courtesy of American Passages and Annenberg Media.
Writer Joy Harjo discusses the staying power of oral tradition.

[8314] Joy Harjo, Interview: "Native Voices and Poetry of Liberation" (2003),
courtesy of American Passages and Annenberg Media.
Writer Joy Harjo discusses the power of the spoken word.



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