Our Stories, Our Art Magazine

A publication of the National Folklife Network

Day Camp: The Right of Play

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Dr. Sherwanda Y. Chism
Memphis, TN
Dr. Sherwanda Y. Chism reflects in poem on the joy the Memphis Park Commission brought to youth every summer.
A covered bridge with a light blue sunsetting sky in the background

Finding Home in Memphis

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Tracey Brown
Memphis, TN
Tracey Brown writes about her experiences of finding “home” in Memphis, TN.

Home

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Synclaire Butler
Alaska
Synclaire Butler poetically reflects on what it means to be Black in Alaska.

My Memphis, My Home

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Veverly Edwards
Memphis, TN
Veverly Edwards reflects on growing up Black in Memphis as a way to counter racialized stories that are associated with Memphis, today.

Elevating Our Ancestors

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Debra Brandon
Memphis, TN
Memphis transplant Debra Brandon pushes back against harmful and racist stereotypes by celebrating kindness and community in Black Memphis traditions.

“Not Native Enough” and Other Lies of Colonization: The Boarding Era and Stolen Culture

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Benjamin Jacuk
Alaska
Benjamin Jacuk brings an Alaska Native perspective to the boarding school movement’s cultural genocide that still impacts people today.

Poems from the collection Eating Dignity

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Itzel Zagal
Alaska
Itzel Zagal shares three poems connecting tradition, identity, and joy surrounding food as connection with ancestors and tradition.
A photo of a blueberry bush with the words, "Postcards from the Rainforest, Southeast Alaska."

Introduction to Wrangell Rainforest

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Vivian Mork Yéilk’ & Vivian Faith Prescott
Alaska
Vivian Mork Yéilk’ and Vivian Faith Prescott share how the Tlingit people exist in the sacred Tlingit Aaní and Ḵaachx̱aana.áakʼw since time immemorial.
A basket of harvested spruce tips sitting on the ground as two brown rain boots stand next to it.

Spring Rainforest Postcard

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Vivian Faith Prescott & Vivian Mork Yéilk’
Alaska
Vivan Faith Prescott and Vivian Mork Yéilk’ illuminate spring Tlingit cultural traditions and the gift economy by explaining smoking hooligan and harvesting spruce tips.
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