I guess my style of truth telling is pretty direct and “in your face.” It alienates some people, but gets quickly to the point (admittedly as I see it and thus imperfect).
A friend pointed out recently that there are gentler, artistic ways of presenting truth.
Louise Erdrich’s latest book, The Roundhouse, is one major subject of her wonderful November interview with Eleanor Wachtel of the CBC Radio’s Writers and Company, aired every Sunday at 3 PM. Erdrich is a Native American writer who writes novels that build awareness of injustice towards native peoples. Here’s the CBC Podcast … Well worth a listen.
Video and music are other vehicles for building awareness. One very touching piece, John Trudell’s Crazy Horse, combines poetry, music and video. I was gripped by its masterful, solemn combination of these three native-generated media. Just a snippet from Trudell’s poetry:
Crazy Horse, we hear what you say.
One Earth, one Mother
One does not sell the Earth the people walk upon…