MG SALAZAR is writer, performer, and curator/owner of a vintage clothing shop, The Skullery Maid. They write regularly for KCUR 89.3, Kansas City's flagship NPR station, present the quarterly show Cinema Cabaliste, which features the best in silent film and live performance, and appear as a subject in the HBO documentary Abortion: Stories Women Tell. A lifelong activist for equality and justice, Salazar twice traveled to Standing Rock during the winter of 2016-2017 to stand as a water protector at the Oceti Sakowin Camp. Striking the Black Snake: Poems from Standing Rock follows their debut book, If You See My Ghosts Like I Do (Spartan Press 2016).
Striking the Black Snake: Poems from Standing Rock by MG Salazar is a wild and raw book in equal parts manifesto, testimonial, how-to-manual, and confessional. Written during the winter of 2016-2017 after Salazar's "calling" to travel to the Oceti Sakowin Camp in North Dakota to be a water protector and prevent the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the poems chronicle the struggles and trials of the protesters, look deeply at those behind the crop dusters and riot gear, and speak to the children of the future, for whom the water must be preserved.
I’m one of those rootless Natives who grew up in a household that over-extended itself in Eurocentricity.
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