Marcie Rendon, enrolled member of the White Earth Nation, is a playwright, poet, and freelance writer. She has published four nonfiction children’s books; two are Pow Wow Summer (MN Historical Press) and Farmer’s Market: Families Working Together (CarolRhoda). Rendon’s debut novel, Murder on the Red River (Cinco Puntos Press) will be available March 2017. Rendon is a community arts activist who supports other native artists/writers/creators to pursue their art. With four published plays she is the producer, creative mind behind Raving Native Theater, which produced Bring the Children Home… at the MN Fringe 2015 and 3 community-based venues in 2015-16. She also co-curated 6 Raving Native Date Nights in Minneapolis, 2016. In 2016-17 she is a recipient of the Loft’s Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship with poet Diego Vazquez. Her poem Wiigwaasabak will be featured in the St. Paul Almanac’s Impressions Project Summer 2017.
We are kept in their mindset as “vanished peoples.” Or as workers, not creators…And what does this erasing of individual identity do to us? Can you believe you exist if you look in a mirror and see no reflection? And what happens when one group controls the mirror market? As Native people, we have known that in order to survive we had to create, re-create, produce, re-produce… The effect of the denial of our existence is that many of us have become invisible…the systematic disruption of our families by the removal of our children was effective for silencing our voices…. however, not (everyone) can still that desire, that up-welling inside that says sing, write, draw, move, be… we can sing our hearts out, tell our stories, paint our visions…we are in a position to create a more human reality…in order to live we have to make our own mirrors….