MAILED: Sept. 24, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- Native American poet Rita Joe will be at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire during the week of Sept. 29 as a Senior Visiting Minority Scholar in Residence. During her visit she will address students in anthropology, English and American Indian Studies courses and make presentations to faculty and other interested participants.
She will read her poetry and speak about her life during a brown bag lunch at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 30, in the President's Room of Davies Center. She also will have a poetry reading and book signing from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Alumni Room of the Davies Center. Her companion, Frances Sylliboy, will lecture on the subject of Micmac herbal medicines during a brown bag lunch at noon Thursday, Oct. 2, in the President's Room. Sylliboy assists Joe, who has Parkinson's disease. The public is invited to participate in these events, which are presented by the sociology and anthropology department.
A Micmac Indian who lives on the Eskasoni Indian Reserve on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Joe is well-known in Canada as a poet who uses her craft to speak to the outside world about Micmac culture and about her life as a Micmac woman. She is the author of three published volumes of poetry and her autobiography, "Song of Rita Joe." Three films has been made about her life, and she has been honored in Canada with induction into the Order of Canada, one of the rarest and greatest honors a Canadian citizen can hold.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Sept. 25, 1997