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Pueblo Book Club: “Poet Warrior: A Memoir” by Joy Harjo (Muskogee Creek)

@ In-person and Virtual Tuesday 04.11, 2023
02:00 pm - 04:00 pm MDT

This Pueblo Book Club will be offered both online (Zoom) and in person in the Library at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center at 2pm. This book is available for purchase at the Indian Pueblo Store and online here.

Many cultures have incorporated some form of storytelling as a platform of for the perpetuating and preserving their acquired knowledge and cultural wisdom. Eventually human progression evolves into some written form and most recently, the digital age has allowed writers, historians, and individuals, create projects of accomplishing this human characteristic… continue reading description and talking points below >

The deadline to register is the day before the event. April 10, 2023 11:59 PM. Registration link will be available soon. While this is a free event, there is a $5 suggested donation. You can donate here or in person. Thank you for participating in our virtual Pueblo Book Club. Each participant is important and valued, we welcome your participation. Below is the outline and etiquette for our online portion of the book club.

More Details, Zoom Outline, and Etiquette

  • At the time of the scheduled Zoom Pueblo Book Club participants will be allowed into the Zoom meeting.
  • Opening and Greeting from Pueblo Book Club facilitator, Jon Ghahate
  • Introduction and reasoning for selected book of the month.
  • Discussion and Dialogue with Book Club participants.
  • First group of questions entered through chat will be addressed
  • Discussion and Dialogue with Book Club participants
  • Second group of questions entered through chat will be addressed
  • Closing – Preview of the next months selected book.
  • End of Book Club Session
  • Survey link available

  • Mute your microphone
    • To help keep background noise to a minimum.
    • When called upon by the moderator your microphone will be unmuted
    • When your microphone is not muted, avoid activities that could create additional noise.
  • Position your camera properly
    • If you choose to use a web camera, be sure it is in a stable position and focused at eye level, if possible. Doing so helps create a more direct sense of engagement with other participants.
  • Participation
    • If you have a question/comment use the chat feature at the bottom of the screen and the moderator will address in order of comments and/or will be called upon.
    • We will include and incorporate as many participants as time allows.
    • When called upon by the moderator, speak clearly and distinctly.
    • When called upon, in order to allow the potential for others to contribute, limit your comments to a brief period of 2 minutes. This will allow other to participate as well.
    • If you would like to verbally comment during the discussion segment, use the icon on the bottom of the screen to “Raise Your Hand” and the moderator will acknowledge your contribution.
    • If you need to leave during the session, you can simply close out of the session on your screen or leave a farewell on chat that you are leaving the session.

 Join by computer: Click on the link that was provided to you, it will look something like: http://unm.zoom.us/j/555555555 (this is only an example) A dialog window will pop‐up:
Click on “Open Zoom Meetings” A window will pop‐up, to enter your name (you can select the check‐box to “Remember my name for future meetings”, after you enter your name click Join Meeting:
Join a meeting by phone:
  1. Dial an in‐country number. If you dial a toll number, your carrier rates will apply.
  2. You will be prompted to enter the meeting ID ‐ the nine (9), ten (10), or eleven (11) digit ID pro-vided to you by the host, followed by #.
  3. If the meeting has not already started and join before host is not enabled, you will be prompted to enter the host key to start the meeting, or to press # to wait if you are participant. 4. You will be prompted to enter your unique participant ID. Press # to skip. Phone controls for participants The following commands can be entered via DTMF tones using your phone’s dial pad while in a Zoom meeting:
• *6 ‐ Toggle mute/unmute
• *9 ‐ Raise hand

Description continued…

However, storytelling, in particular, the oral tradition remains an integral component how many cultures preserve and perpetuate how a culture-centered society is able to be stewards of the history and legacy of their collective body.

Examples of how some cultures accomplish this, is with the use the poetry and prose format. Specifically, poetry, poetry slams, haiku and the notoriety of prominent individuals have offered the opportunities to Indigenous individuals

One prominent, respected, accomplished poet is Muskogee Creek Native Member, Joy Harjo. The three-term former US Poet Laureate, Joy has not only been a well-known skilled user of the poetry format in perpetuating the history and legacy of the Muskogee Creek culture, her poetry also provides a contemporary oral narrative of Indigenous thinking and the continued challenges Native peoples encounter they experience in preserving their Indigenous cultures and participating within the modern US society. In addition, as a role-model, Joy’s works have been an inspiration to poets of any age, gender, and tribal affiliation to use poetry to

succinctly state: ‘We are still here!’

‘Warrior: A Memoir’ is a continuance of her previous works, the accounting of life-events that have molded, shaped, and contributed to the knowledge and wisdom an Indigenous woman, outspoken and in command of the poetry format.

Talking points and discussion topics:

  • Have you read other Joy Harjo writing?
  • What helps you connect with Joy’s writings?
  • Is there any of Joy’s previous writing which stands out for you?
  • Having read Warrior, is there on of the poets that you connect with?
  • Is there a poem that you would like to read to the Book Club participants?
  • Are you a Native? What tribe are you affiliated with? Are you a poet Are you a student?”