t u – bits inak u – ku – r u – : listen closely dustin tahmahkera A response to Elle-Máijá Apiniskim Tailfeathers, “A Conversation with Helen Haig- Brown, Lisa Jackson, and Elle-Máijá Apiniskim Tailfeathers with Some Thoughts to Frame the Conversation.” Biography 39.3 (Summer 2016): 277–306 We learn the world and test it through interaction and dialogue with each other, beginning as we actively listen through the membrane of the womb wall to the drama of our families’ lives. —Joy Harjo (Mvskoke) (Harjo and Bird 19, emphasis added) Tu – bitsinaku – ku – ru – . In the Nu – mu – tekwapu u u – ha, the Comanche language, it means listen carefully. Nakikaru – means listen, but to practice tu – bitsinaku – ku – ru – is to listen closely and engage with the speakers and sounds, be they familiar or foreign, friendly or fierce, fictive or factual, or sometimes, in the eccentrici - ties of humanity, all of the above. It is to perform possibilities of conversing not at, around, or away from each other but, as Lisa Jackson says during the conversation with Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Helen Haig-Brown, “through each other.” What,
Biography – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Dec 21, 2016
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