I Walk In The History of My People is a poem by Menominee poet and activist Chrystos, who was born in San Francisco. In her work, she examines themes of feminism, social justice, and Indigenous rights.
The poem is read by Connie Merasty at CNC’s new Video Booth.
Visitors are coming to the booth, now located at Louis Riel Library, 1168 Dakota Street, to either answer the question, ‘What is one thing that would make our community better and why?’, or to recite a poem.
Your answers, and poetry readings, are recorded in the booth, which is a collaborative project of Community News Commons and Alliance Française du Manitoba.
Today’s submission features Connie Merasty reciting the poem, I Walk In The History of My People, by Chrystos:
The video booth project – Express Yourself / Le Poèmaton – continues its journey around the province with its most recent move to Louis Riel Library, 1168 Dakota St., providing the opportunity for citizens to have their say.
In addition to answering a question about how best to improve our community, visitors to the video booth can also participate in Le Poèmaton, an initiative of Alliance Française du Manitoba, where the public are invited to read and record a poem in French, or in any other language, also to be published on CNC.
Samples of French language poems are available at the booth. One can also bring in another poem, or recite an original composition, as Connie Merasty has done here with the Cyrstos poem, I Walk In The History of My People.
So, if you want to wax poetically, or to weigh in on one thing that would make our community better, go to Louis Riel Library and Express Yourself.
Check out Community News Commons in the days ahead to view the videos and to find out where the booth is headed next.