by Abena Songbird


by Abena Songbird


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Abena Songbird's poetry displays a rare understanding of both Native people from the country and from urban settings-the street. I'm very touched always by Abena's poetry and I'm so glad she's published! Now it will be easier to share her words and meanings with friends and family. Reading Bitterroot sometimes I just weep. Sometimes I dance and am delighted. What more can you ask of a poet than that?

Once in the yuwipi ceremony I came to this wonderful clear meadow, removed from all the stress and anxiety of living today. And this is a place that Abena can take me to in her poetry. She is indeed a poet in her very thinking.

She has captured bubbles of worlds that are vastly different and strung them together making the beading of her work very rich, very colorful, very sensitive.

Bitterroot is a special medicine.

Teveia Clarke

WebWorks Indigenous People's Archive

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780915117062
Publisher: Freedom Voices Publications
Publication date: 08/01/2021
Pages: 72
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.17(d)

About the Author

Abena Songbird, is a songwriter, singer, poet, and member of the Missisquoi Abenaki tribe of Vermont. When she lived in Oakland, she worked with the Upper Room and performed with her band, The Songbird and the Moor. Her CD is entitled They're Calling Us Home More recently Abena has worked for First People's Fund of Rapid City, Co-coordinated the Native Voice Film Festival 2004 in Rapid City and was an Arts and; Entertainment Correspondent for the Lakota Journal Newspaper.
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