" Joy Harjo (born on May 9, 1951, Tulsa, Oklahoma : Muscogee, American) is a poet, musician and author.
She is also the first Native American United States Poet Laureate.
She is an important figure in the second wave of the literary Native American Renaissance of the late twentieth century.
She studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts, completed her undergraduate degree at University of New Mexico in 1976, and earned an M.F.A. at the University of Iowa in its Creative Writing Program."
- Wikipedia

" Remember the sky that you were born under; know each of the star's stories.
Remember the moon, know who she is.
Remember the sun's birth at dawn, that is the strongest point of time.
Remember sundown and the giving away tonight.
Remember your birth , how your mother struggled to give you form and breath.
You are evidence of her life, and her mother's, and hers.
Remember your father. He is your life also.
Remember the earth whose skin you are: red earth, black earth, yellow earth, white earth, brown earth, we are earth.
Remember the plants, trees, animal life who all have their tribes, their families, their histories, too. Talk to them, listen to them. They are alive poems.
Remember the wind. Remember her voice. She knows the origin of this universe.
Remember you are all people and all people are you.
Remember you are this universe and this universe is you.
Remember all is in motion, is growing, is you.
Remember language comes from this.
Remember the dance language is, that life is.

Remember "

- additional source: www.joyharjo.com/about


Peggy C said:

A result of seeking history of a quote led me to this treasure about Joy Harjo. Knew about being the first Native American Poet Laureate, but discovering her writings ! I've been in there and bookmarked them !
4 years ago

Clickity Click said:

What a wonderful gem you have come upon. Will have to look into Joy Harjo. :) Thanks for sharing Peggy. I shall "remember" these words.
4 years ago