The States We’re In: What’s In A Place Name?
presented by Mankh
Tuesday July 17, 2018
2:00 PM until 3:00 PM
More than half of the United States is named for Native words and places yet rarely are the actual Native Peoples and their traditions acknowledged. This presentation will bridge the gap between name and Peoples, place and respect for the environment aka Mother Earth, revealing how geopolitics and resource extractions have mis-shaped the sacred land, air, and waters. Other state names reflect the colonial royalty mindset and foreign religion, and it is this dynamic tension that is still playing out in our everyday lives. Monuments and signs also perpetuate misperceptions, while sports team names allow centuries of racism to linger. How united are the United States and what can be done to heal the long-standing divisions?
Mankh (Walter E. Harris III) is a writer, editor, small press publisher, and Turtle Islander. He is the author-editor of 17 books, as well as resident poet and essay contributor at axisoflogic.com. He teaches haiku, brush calligraphy, and more. Mankh enjoys learning about cultural traditions worldwide, plus music, meditation, munchies, and more. His literary website: www.allbook-books.com
Registration suggested beginning June 25 by calling 466-8055, ext. 208/254, or register online.
Location: Main Library Community Room
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