In this powerful episode of Stories From The Land, Mohawk/Tuscarora spoken word artist, Janet Rogers, reminds us of the original spirit and intent of the Two Row Wampum – two canoes, travelling side by side, forever. Fumbling our way through reconciliation is inevitable, but Rogers reminds us, we have our own paths to walk.
ABOUT JANET ROGERS
Rogers has hosted the radio programs Native Waves Radio on CFUV and Tribal Clefs on CBC Radio One Victoria. She produced the radio documentaries Bring Your Drum: 50 Years of Indigenous Protest Music and Resonating Reconciliation, which received awards for Best Radio at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.
From January 2012 to November 2014, Rogers was Victoria’s Poet Laureate. In 2015, she was named writer in residence for the University of Northern British Columbia.
Rogers formed the collective Ikkwenyes (Dare to Do) with Mohawk poet Alex Jacobs. The collective has received a Collaborative Exchange Award from the Canada Council for the Arts and a Loft Literary Fellowship prize from The Loft Literary Center.
ABOUT THE TWO ROW WAMPUM
The 1613 agreement was recorded by the Haudenosaunee in a wampum belt known as the Two Row Wampum. This wampum records the meaning of the agreement, which declared peaceful coexistence between the Haudenosaunee and Dutch settlers in the area.
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