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Master of Fine Arts
With Scraps We Made Sacred Food is a collection of poems in which the speaker reflects on redemption through the lens of his tribal nation, personal, and family histories. “Redemption" is explored through faith in the biblical account of Jesus Christ and the Indigenous and Black practice of transforming limited food rations into delicacies. Inspired by oral traditions, these poems meditate on identity, land, and memory. They straddle the line between praise and elegy, myth and reality. Through this slipperiness, the speaker doesn’t seek to give answers but instead aims to ask the right questions and reconcile, within himself, the relationship between Native Americans and Christianity.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to ProQuest
Black, CooXooEii, "With Scraps We Made Sacred Food" (2023). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 3127.