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Indigenous Orality Revisited
With popular focus aimed at the next new thing, Mohawk poet, media/sound artist and performance artist, Janet Rogers shares her experience as a spoken word poet and how her current practice honours old traditions. She will share samples of poetry media work and live spoken word pieces as she connects the past with the present.
Janet is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from Six Nations. She was born in Vancouver British Columbia, lived in Stoney Creek, Hamilton and Toronto Ontario and is living as a guest on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people (Victoria, British Columbia) since 1994. Janet works in the genres of poetry, spoken word performance poetry, video poetry and recorded poetry with music. Janet is also a radio broadcaster, documentary producer, media and sound artist.
Janet Rogers and Ahkwesase Mohawk poet Alex Jacobs make up the poetry collective Ikkwenyes, which produced the poetry CD Got Your Back and won the Loft Literary Fellowship prize 2014. The 2Ro Media Collective is a production company she and Mohawk media artist Jackson 2bears own and operate which produced the short experimental documentary NDNs on the Airwaves about CKRZfm Six Nations radio. 2Ro Media also developed the multiple media project titled For This Land presented as multi-channel media installations in several galleries and public venues. Janet produced a six-part radio documentary series titled NDNs on the Airwaves focused on the current history of native radio in Canada, launched in February 2016.
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