Jan 18, 2022 2022-01-18
Living Nations, Living Words is the signature project of US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, the first Native person to serve in this position. With an emphasis on poetry, and on sharing and elevating the voices of living Native poets, the Living Nation, Living Words project consists of a story map and a poetry collection. Together they present works by 47 Native poets that explore the themes of place and displacement, as well as the “touchpoints” of persistence, resistance, acknowledgment, and visibility.
The newly published Living Nations, Living Words: A Guide for Educators was developed by the Library of Congress, alongside an advisory group of educators, including members of the National Council for the Social Studies, National Council of Teachers of English, and National Indian Education Association. In the guide, teachers will find a brief video introduction by Joy Harjo, a glossary of the themes and touchpoints explored in the project, a list of multidisciplinary activity ideas and ways to approach both the story map and the poetry collection, as well as selected resources for further research. In addition to the overarching themes and touchpoints of the project, students can explore subjects such as culture, geography, the environment, civics, and government.