“For poems are not words, after all, but fires for the cold, ropes let down to the lost, something as necessary as bread in the pockets of the hungry.” ~ Mary Oliver
The Hide of My Tongue explores the historical and contemporary effects of the loss of one of the world’s most complex languages: Tlingit.
"In The Hide of My Tongue, Vivian Faith Prescott shows the struggles of specific Tlingit people to retain, relearn, speak and respect their language in all its richness. Her powerful poems restore language to its proper place—on people's tongues, and in the heart and soul of everyone who values words.—Peggy Shumaker, Alaska Writer Laureate, author of "Just Breathe Normally" and "Gnawed Bones."
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Nomination: Best of the Net, 2011
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Vivian Faith Prescott is an Alaskan resident born and raised in Wrangell, Alaska and lives in Sitka and Wrangell, Alaska at her family's fish camp. Vivian is married with four children and many grandchildren. She is of Sáami and Suomalainen, and Irish descent (among others). Her children are Raven of the T’akdeintaan clan/Snail House. She is adopted into the T'akdeintaan clan. Her Tlingit name is "Mother of Cute Little Raven."