The Broken Hoop Quest

The postindian warrior is the simulation of survivance in new stories.

– Gerald Vizenor


The Broken Hoop Quest

  • Explore historical trauma, whether experienced by you or by relations.
  • Seek out stories.
  • How might this past trauma impact you today?
  • Tell a story in any medium that reflects your exploration of historical trauma. For example, writing a poem about your experience.
  • Share your act of survivance by emailing the file or posting online, and tagging the act with #survivance.

Words of Woodrow Morrison Jr.

“In my dad’s generation, my father’s now 96 years old, and the generation just before him were sent to Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania. They sent them all the way from Alaska to Pennsylvania and others were sent to the Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kansas. When they were there, they had to wear a little patch, like Hitler did to the Jews. But they wore a little patch just with a thin thread holding it on that said ‘Speak English.’ And if I caught you talking Haida, I’d take that name tag, and take that tag and it had your name sewn on the back. At the end of the day we’d turn them in and whoever turned in the most would get a prize. So that was one of the things they did to stop you from speaking your language.”

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