Expressing Montana: Victor Charlo

Victor CharloVictor Charlo of Dixon, Montana
Salish Tribal Chief and Poet

Victor A. Charlo is Bitterroot Salish, a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai, and through his lineage, is recognized as a spiritual leader of his tribe. His brother was killed in battle at Iwo Jima during World War II, and that loss has always affected him deeply. Vic has led a varied life. He entered the seminary and studied to be a Jesuit for seven years,  then became passionately involved in Native and social justice causes, most notably The Poor People’s Campaign. He is best known as a poet and playwright.

We asked Vic Charlo, “How do you view patriotism today?”  Vic answers this question in 49 seconds. Listen.

Listen to Victor Charlo's poem "Agnes," read by the author.