Canku Ota


(Many Paths)


An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


March 10, 2001 - Issue 31



MariJo Moore Elected to NCHC


MariJo Moore has been elected to serve on the Board of the North Carolina Humanities Council. She is the first person from Cherokee descent to serve on this board.

The North Carolina Humanities Council is a non-profit foundation and state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The primary mission is to support free, public programs that address fundamental questions about who we are as human beings and how we live in the world we share.

In 1998, The NCHC sponsored workshops across the state in which Moore taught creative writing to NC American Indians. The result was the publication Feeding The Ancient Fires, A Collection of Writings by North Carolina American Indians, edited by Moore.

Vine Deloria Jr., says of Moore's efforts:
"MariJo Moore understands the necessity of American Indians being given a voice in defining themselves through the written word. In order for Native peoples to survive, communal effort is mandatory."

MariJo was kind enough to share one of her poems with us...enjoy!! :)

Ancient Red Ancient White

There's a spreading fire
flaming inside our souls
burning bigger and brighter
and hotter every moment

reaching its tongues to the skies
licking the dust from living stars
and spreading sweet ashes on the ground.

This ancient fire is craving long
deserved attention from us,
our children, and our children's children.

MariJo Moore
from the book Spirit Voices of Bones ©1997

Moore's next book will be released in the summer of 2001 by rENEGADE pLANETS pUBLISHING. It is a collection of her short stories titled Red Woman With Backward Eyes.


Learn more about Marijo Moore
Marijo Moore




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