Songs of Two Worlds is a dialogue of words, sounds and images about indigenous people in the contemporary world.

The title represents communications — between infinite pairs of worlds such as material/non-material, light/shadow, old/new, sound/image, illusion/reality, indigenous/non-indigenous.



Lance Henson is a member of the Cheyenne Nation of Oklahoma.

A cultural activist, he served as an NGO member for 18 years in Geneva, Switzerland, at the Working Group of Indigenous Populations. He is an adjunct professor for the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribal College in Weatherford, Oklahoma.

He is a member of the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers and the Native American Church.

He has over 33 publications in a career that spans forty-two years.  Currently, an ebook  is in development based on the poems and images presented on this blog.


Barbara Bartlett has an MFA in Drawing & Painting from Ohio University. She lives one of the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in the world, in the borough of Queens, New York. After meeting Lance Henson at a poetry reading over twenty years ago, she has never ceased to be inspired by his words, and his spirit of resistance.

Her current artwork is done exclusively on portable electronic devices and she is interested in making “open-source” non-commercial artwork available online.

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  1. Thank you very much, Lance and Barbara, for sharing your work. I’m a young poet trying to learn how to speak truth while engaging in active resistance to the dominant culture. Lance’s Strong Heart Songs is always in my pack and finding this website has been a great surprise. Thank you for all your work.

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