In this transcendent memoir, grounded in tribal myth and ancestry, music and poetry, Joy Harjo, one of our leading Native American voices, details her journey to becoming a poet. Born in Oklahoma, Harjo grew up learning to dodge an abusive stepfather by finding shelter in her imagination, a deep spiritual life, and connection with the natural world. She attended an Indian arts boarding school, where she nourished an appreciation for painting, music, and poetry; gave birth while still a teenager; and struggled on her own as a single mother, eventually finding her poetic voice.
In the frosty north country of upstate New York, once known as "stretching turtle," live today's Tonawanda Seneca people. Members of the indigenous "Six Nations," their government, the "Iroquois Confederacy," inspired America's Founding Founders in the formation of the United States. With this journey to Iroquois Country, BackPax takes listener/adventurers to the heart and soul of an old people and a new nation.