Lifting Hearts Off the Ground: Declaring Indigenous Rights in Poetry

2017, 200 pp
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The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is a powerful proclamation of the principles that should guide Indigenous-Settler relations around the world. Some call it a blueprint for reconciliation. Some say that, if taken seriously, it could help states and Settler societies repair significant historic injustices and reject present colonialism. Yet as a legal text, it’s not the easiest document to read or to imagine into action.

In Lifting Hearts Off the Ground, two poets — one Indigenous, one Settler — come together to breathe life into the seemingly dry bones of the Declaration. And as we contemplate, wrestle with, and pray their words, we discover an invitation to renewed relationships with each other, the land, and Spirit.

Afterword by Leah Gazan.

Read a review of the book by Mankh (Walter E. Harris III).

Listen to Lyla June's episode on the For the Wild podcast.

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