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.