From Sand Creek

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Ortiz’s stunning poems are about violence, victims, aggressors of 1864 massacre of 155 Cheyenne.

 

 

On the morning of November 29, 1864, a volunteer militia led by Colonel John Chivington massacred about 155 Cheyenne—mostly elderly men, women, and children—who had been camped at Sand Creek, Colorado. In this book, Simon Ortiz’s stunning poems are about violence, victims, aggressors; about what it is to exist as a people: excluded, colonized, conquered, made to disappear, and therefore, to have “no history.” But there is resistance here, and the deep understanding that change happens, always. “This America/ has been a burden/ of steel and mad/ death,/ but, look now,/ there are flowers/ and new grass/ and a spring wind/ rising/ from Sand Creek.” Simon Ortiz is a wonderful writer, and everyone ought to read this.

 

 

Author: Simon Ortiz (Acoma)

Binding Availability: Paperback

Published: (1981) 1999

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Acoma Pueblo