June 19: Give the Dove Peace

Friday, June 19, 7pm. Give the Dove Peace is an hour long, in-depth oral performance of the story the passenger pigeon. I use storytelling, poetry (some original, some not), mythology, historical accounts, natural history, and ecology to craft a context worthy of the majesty of this extinct North American Bird. Context literally means “something woven together” and has associations with the spoken word (“to spin a yarn,” “cast a net”) and the written word (“text”). The story is normally told with only one or two perspectives, or threads, which doesn’t make for a very sturdy weave. By approaching from many directions, deeper, more difficult issues of colonial history, settler identity, and ecological destruction, among others are given their due as well. I’m not sure whether or not it’s possible to “learn” anything from the story; that’s not why I tell it. I tell it because it deserves to be remembered, the good and the bad, the hard and the easy, and I hope that other people are somehow affected by it.

For a zine about the passenger pigeon: http://knowingtheland.com/2012/08/03/review-broken-thunder-the-story-of-the-passenger-pigeon/