20th Century PowWow Playland
Genocide and me poem by mihku paul
Mihku Paul (born 1958), is a Native American poet, visual artist, and storyteller. She is a Maliseet Indian, a member of Kingsclear First Nation in New Brunswick, Canada. Mihku Paul currently resides in Portland, Maine.
Early life and education
Raised in Old Town, Maine, Paul received a traditional education from her grandfather, a Maliseet elder. She was the only one of the four children in her family to complete high school, after which she earned a BA in Human Development and Communication from the University of Southern Maine. Paul then attended the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine. She has taught creative writing at the University of New England. Like many other contemporary Wabanaki artists, she is also involved in community education.
Mihku Paul's first chapbook, 20th Century PowWow Playland, was published by Bowman Books in Greenfield, New York in 2012. The poems describe Maliseet homeland, also known as Wolastoqiyik, and Paul's own thoughts on the rights and continuation of indigenous people in the northeast. A number of poems also address Paul's dissatisfaction with the education she received in the Maine public school system.
Mihku Paul has also been published in magazines including Cabildo Quarterly Online.
Mihku Paul combines her poetry with visual art, creating works in pen and ink, watercolor, gouache, and mixed media. Paul's first multi-media exhibit was a 2009 installation at the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine, entitled "Look Twice: The Waponahki in Image & Verse.” Her medicine wheel paintings have been auctioned off for fundraising to support arts in the schools and by the Sierra Club to support local and regional projects.