Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery
October 1–November 30
Enrich your museum visit by listening to an evocative playlist of contemporary poems by Native American authors. Wander freely across the first-floor galleries to see where the poems take you and expand your understanding of Native arts and cultures. The poems, drawn from a powerful new anthology, New Poets of Native Nations (edited by Heid E. Erdrich; Graywolf Press) celebrate Native poets first published in the twenty-first century. Join this experiment to hear the exhibits “come into voice” and experience the museum in a new way. Borrow a free audio player with regular museum admission.
Featured Poems and Poets
- “Theory Doesn’t Live Here” Gwen Nell Westerman (Dakota)
- Excerpt from “Nature Poem” Tommy Pico (Kumeyaay)
- “Winiiam Aagimeke/William Making Snowshoes” Margaret Noodin (Anishinaabe)
- “It Goes Something Like This” Eric Gansworth (Onondaga)
- “Anasazi” Tacey M. Atsitty (Diné)*
- “American Arithmetic” Natalie Diaz (Mojave)
- “Not Just Anybody Can Have One” Trevino L. Brings Plenty (Minneconjou Lakota)
- “Warming” dg nanouk okpik (Inupiat-Inuit)
* Note: "Anasazi" is a Diné word sometimes translated as “enemies of our ancestors.” In the early-20th century, archaeologists applied this term to the ancestral Pueblo archaeological remains. Contemporary Pueblo people object to the use of "Anasazi," as the term has served to artificially separate them from the remains of their ancestors. The views presented in this poem and the others on the playlist represent those of the authors, not the views of the Peabody Museum or its staff, nor those of Harvard University.
New Poets of Native Nations will be available for purchase at the Peabody Museum's admission desk.