I was introduced to Joy Harjo through an On Being interview. She is primarily a poet, but she also plays the saxophone both solo and with pulled-together players she often calls the Arrow Dynamics Band. She became the first Native American Poet Laureate in 2019 and will serve through 2021. Crazy Brave is her memoir which captures Harjo’s profound connection to her Native American heritage. Her story with its deep roots in her personal, ancestral and tribal Native American history is very moving. Harjo’s life is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit even in the face of trauma and systemic injustice that has been ongoing for centuries. Harjo came of age during the 60’s when there was an explosion of Native American literature. She escaped an abusive home life by leaving Oklahoma to attend the Santa Fe Indian School when she was a teen. The boarding school focused on the arts which was lifesaving for her. I gained insight into what growing up in a culture within a culture was like for Harjo and all the others who are woven into her story. As I read, I had to set aside Western notions of time. Boundaries between the living and the dead became fluid. It was almost like participating in a dream landscape while grounded in the here and now. Harjo includes some of her stunning poetry in this “Fantastic, terrible and beautiful” (Boston Globe) memoir.