Kenzie Allen

poet & multimodal artist

“He Is Of It” – Treated Book (Longfellow’s Hiawatha)

I’ve been at work on a treated book-length copy of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s HiawathaHiawatha was a story I read as a child (an updated illustrated version in my mother’s home). The story of Hiawatha is Iroquoian, but many of the images and ideas drawn upon by Longfellow were of Anishinaabe cultures. So I’m revisiting the book in a digital manipulation, combining erasure, digital painting, and photomanipulation, to interrogate and re-vision this illustrated copy (which I picked up at Powell’s Books in Portland).

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