Joy Harjo created the “Living Nations, Living Words” project with the goal of showing, through poetry, that Native people and poets are real, living, and have vital and unequivocal roots in the United States. When engaging poets for the project, she asked them to select poems on the overarching theme of place and displacement, and with four specific touchpoints in mind: visibility, persistence, resistance, and acknowledgement. In the following video, she shares what she means by these terms.
Harjo provides additional perspective and context for these themes and touchpoints in her own definitions below. After your students read these definitions, ask them to put them into their own words.