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- A Memoir
- By: Joy Harjo
- Narrated by: Joy Harjo
- Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
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.
- By Hazel Bergtholdt on 03-08-19
I love how her mystique and reality are one. She reminds us to respect our inner voice and when you don’t there is a price. Growing up as an American Indian, in Oklahoma, at that time, was fascinating to hear, very reminiscent of my own mothers stories as a Native growing up in the aftermath of having their indigenous way of life ripped apart. Tough decisions for survival.
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