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Cheryl Savageau — Mother/land poems

September 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Fall color comes to Pine Cobble and the stacked cobbles of the Ledges in Williamstown.
Photo by Kate Abbott

Cheryl Savageau, nationally known poet, finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize and nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, will lead the discussion of selected poetry from two of her books, Mother/land and Out of the Crazywoods.

Cheryl Savageau’s poetry and memoir draw on her Abenaki and French Canadian heritage with luminous language and images that capture the borderlands that she has inhabited culturally, psychologically, and physically. Alnôbawôgan, being and becoming human in Abenaki, is at the heart of Savageau’s writing her personal journey.

Her quilts, paintings and collage, inspired by her poetry, will be on display in the Awikhigan: Evoking Indigenous Stories and Landscapes art exhibit. The group will sit surrounded by Savageau’s art as they listen to her read and discuss the poems that speak most evocatively to them. Savageau’s poetry has been a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Her books will be available at The Bookstore in Lenox.

Savageau has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony for three years and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Arts Foundation. She has been a mentor to Native American writers through the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers, and received their Mentor of the Year award in 1999. She teaches at the Middlebury Breadloaf School of English.

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We Are Still Here: Indigenous Peoples of the Northeast

At least an estimated 100,000 Native people lived in Massachusetts before European contact — and throughout September the Osher Institute of Lifetime Learning (OLLI) at Berkshire Community college will celebrate their stories.

Explore art shows, music performances, tours of historic sites with emphasis on connections with the Indigenous community, guided reading groups focused on books by Indigenous authors of the Northeast, and four online lectures by leading scholars.

Listen to the music of Hawk Henries, a Nipmuc flutist who makes and plays traditional Nipmuc flutes with musicians around the world, from the London Mozart Players to the New Orleans Jazz Festival. Judy Dow, an artist of Abenaki and French Canadian descent, educator and activist, has had her baskets on display at the Smithsonian and her tapestries on exhibit in Europe with the UN Indigenous organization.

Abenaki, Wabanaki and Haudenosanee writers will share books and stories, and you can walk Main Street, Stockbridge, and learn about the Mohican families and European incomers who founded Stockbridge as an experiment in multicultural living in the mid-18th century.

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Date:
September 6
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10:00 am - 11:30 am
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Berkshire Community College
1350 West St.
Pittsfield, MA
https://www.berkshirecc.edu

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