Gentle People, Kind People
I made one of my first videos incorporating Adrian’s poems, and after he saw it he asked me to make a book trailer for him. I made two more over the years, before his death in 2018. This track was recorded on my phone during a reading he gave at Portland State University in 2011.
Adrian C. Louis—Love the Distant Roar (2011)
This version of When you’re lost in the rain comes from a 7-inch vinyl of the same name that I made as part of a residency at the Museum of Contemporary Native Art. There are a few different sonic elements from the video version, a language lesson between myself and my Ho-Chunk teacher Jeannette Smoke, a poem from Adrian C. Louis read by Trevino Brings Plenty, and the inclusion of the B-side of the vinyl, with a round of songs from a peyote meeting my dad put on for me before I moved to Wisconsin. The photographs featured as images over the first part of the variation are the same ones used in Lore, before I cut them up.
When you’re lost in the rain—Variations, 10 minutes (2019)
Read the calligram “You are the Dreamer, and the Dream” as it appears in Around the Edge of Encircling Lake (Green Gallery Press, 2018).
Next: manaqi hayu, manaqi łush, from Disfluencies: A Dossier by Sky Hopinka