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The Poetry of Joséphine Bacon

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Joséphine Bacon was born and raised in the community of Pessamit (formerly Betsiamites). It is part of the Innu Territory, which spreads across northeastern Quebec and Labrador. She is an Innu poet, songwriter and documentary filmmaker. Joséphine is very concerned about the rights of her people and their connection to the earth. For this reason, she has collected the stories of elders and transmitted their knowledge of the land using her own words. Furthermore, her poems are written in French and Innu-aimun, the language of her ancestors.

Joséphine Bacon’s poetry will be part of one of the Museum’s exhibits on Indigenous rights in Canada, in the Indigenous Perspectives Gallery. For Aboriginal Awareness Week, May 20-23, we are pleased to showcase one of Joséphine Bacon’s poems.

 
ma richesse s’appelle
saumon
ma maison s’appelle
caribou
mon feu s’appelle
épinette noire
mon canot s’appelle
boulot
ma robe s’appelle
lichen
ma coiffe s’appelle
aigle
mon chant s’appelle
tambour
moi je m’appelle
humain1


my wealth is called
salmon
my house is called
caribou
my fire is called
black spruce
my canoe is called
birch
my dress is called
lichen
my headdress is called
eagle
my song is called
drum
and I am called
human

1. Josephine Bacon, “ma richesse s’appelle.” Nous sommes tous des sauvages. Montréal: Éditions Mémoire d’encrier, 2011

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