Today (October 9, 2023) is Indigenous Peoples Day -- and I call attention to a thought-provoking activist poem by Linda Hogan, a member of the Chickasaw Nation and an important contributor to indigenous literature. Here are the opening lines of Hogan's "Embodied."
I am embodied first by the numbers
given by my grandparents,
no choice but to sign the Dawes Act.
Hogan's complete poem is available here in World LIterature Today.
A portion of Hogan's poem was also posted here in this blog -- back in 2020.