"Basket Becomes Codex: A Poem by Trevino Brings Plenty in the Portland Art Museum"

Karen M. Poremski


This essay brings several contexts together to examine a poem by Trevino Brings Plenty, "Little, Cultural, Teapot Curio Exposes People": Native material rhetorics (stories about objects and what they mean when connected with their communities), Tribalography (how stories bring ideas to life), Brings Plenty’s latest book of poetry, museum collection history, the history of spruce root basketry, and the policies and programming of the Portland Art Museum. When the poem resonates in all of these contexts, it works as a powerful revision of how museum objects have been understood in the past, and presents a new story about the significance of even the most seemingly trivial objects. 


Native American; museum;

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