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The Good Mind and Trans-Systemic Thinking in the Two-Row Poems of Mohawk Poet Peter Blue Cloud

The Good Mind and Trans-Systemic Thinking in the Two-Row Poems of Mohawk Poet Peter Blue Cloud Th e Good Mind and Trans- Systemic Th inking in the Two- Row Poems of Mohawk Poet Peter Blue Cloud Daniel Coleman Th is article explores the far- reaching philosophical, environmental, and legal profundity of Peter Blue Cloud’s (1933– 2011) two- column poems with reference to Haudenosaunee (Six Nations) teachings about the Good Mind. In order to illustrate the far- reaching implications of Blue Cloud’s two- column enactments of the Good Mind, I discuss one of the most famous uses of Haudenosaunee two- column thinking in the Two Row Wampum before I turn, toward the end of this article, to Chick- asaw legal theorist James (Sa’ke’j) Youngblood Henderson’s concept of “trans- systemic” analysis as a way to map out the importance of Two Row thinking for recalibrating relations between Indigenous and settler- colonial legal regimes. But fi rst, one of Blue Cloud’s two- column poems: first light First light, a dark outline evening of a mountain peak and too pines their morning scent will carried on fi rst breezes, call, stars a naked brilliance to pulsing to coyote cries sleep And keening chorus, again, a cricket’s tentative chirping, the long pauses, mind the fall of an oak leaf is http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Studies in American Indian Literatures University of Nebraska Press

The Good Mind and Trans-Systemic Thinking in the Two-Row Poems of Mohawk Poet Peter Blue Cloud

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Abstract

Th e Good Mind and Trans- Systemic Th inking in the Two- Row Poems of Mohawk Poet Peter Blue Cloud Daniel Coleman Th is article explores the far- reaching philosophical, environmental, and legal profundity of Peter Blue Cloud’s (1933– 2011) two- column poems with reference to Haudenosaunee (Six Nations) teachings about the Good Mind. In order to illustrate the far- reaching implications of Blue Cloud’s two- column enactments of the Good Mind, I discuss one of the most famous uses of Haudenosaunee two- column thinking in the Two Row Wampum before I turn, toward the end of this article, to Chick- asaw legal theorist James (Sa’ke’j) Youngblood Henderson’s concept of “trans- systemic” analysis as a way to map out the importance of Two Row thinking for recalibrating relations between Indigenous and settler- colonial legal regimes. But fi rst, one of Blue Cloud’s two- column poems: first light First light, a dark outline evening of a mountain peak and too pines their morning scent will carried on fi rst breezes, call, stars a naked brilliance to pulsing to coyote cries sleep And keening chorus, again, a cricket’s tentative chirping, the long pauses, mind the fall of an oak leaf is

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Studies in American Indian LiteraturesUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Oct 2, 2019

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