Moving Native Poem Wins Poetry Contest

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown April 16th, 2017 Blog

“My Once Life” is a hybrid video poem about the continuing impact of colonization on tribal peoples. Native people resist their violent history and contemporary political struggles through engaging with deep historical knowledge and creating new oral histories.

The poem is read by 12 Native women living in Los Angeles whose strong voices embody empowerment: Nanabah Hill, (Navajo-Oneida), Diana Terrazas, (Paiute),

  • Nanabah Hill, (Navajo-Oneida)
  • Diana Terrazas (Paiute)
  • JaNae Collins (Dakota-Crow)
  • Xelt’tia Temryss Lane, (Lummi Nation)
  • Viki Eagle Sicanqu (Lakota-Sioux)
  • Cheyenne Phoenix (Northern Paiute-Navajo)
  • Stephanie Mushrush (Washoe Tribe)
  • Hakekta Winyan Jealous Of Him (Lakota)
  • Chrissie Castro (Navajo)
  • Neyom Friday (Cheyenne-Arapaho and Mskoke Creek)
  • Vivian Garcia (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma)
  • Deja Jones, (Eastern Shoshone)

About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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