National Geographic : 1991 Oct
A PORTFOLIO THE THEY KNEW BY JIM BRANDENBURG The beat of a wing, the rustle of branches, the rumble of thunder: Native Americans listened and spoke back. The dialogueflowed unbroken be tween humans and rushing rivers,flocks of ravens, and constellations of stars. The following pages capturemoments in one photographer'ssearch for that world-before Europeans entered it. Singing with the images, selections from the works of contemporaryNative American poets carry on theirforebears' conversation with the world around them. "Remember," admonishes the Creek poet Joy Harjo, "thatyou are this uni verse and this universe is you." At sundown a bison pauses near the Oglala Sioux Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota's Badlands.