Visit the Special Collections exhibit: Indigenous Poetry: Verse from the Lutz Collection

Display of front covers of Indigenous poetry books

View Indigenous Poetry: Verse from the Lutz Collection, on display on the main (3rd) floor, W.A.C. Bennett Library.

Front covers of poetry books by Algonkian authors

About the exhibit

This exhibit features a selection of poetry books from the Hartmut Lutz Collection of Indigenous Literature donated to SFU Library's Special Collections and Rare Books in 2018.

This exhibit's selections represent a glimpse into twentieth and twenty-first century Indigenous poetry in Canada and the United States. The display showcases authors from various Nations across the North American continent, but is by no means exhaustive.

This selection represents topics that Indigenous poets are passionate about, such as Indigenous wisdoms and knowledge, community, and traditional ways of living. On the other hand, the selection contains Indigenous poets’ emotional response to colonialism and its consequences, residential schools, imprisonment, urban life, loss of family and other heartfelt experiences.


What's on display

The exhibit includes:

Front covers of poetry books by Great Plains authors

Front book covers by Canadian Indigenous authors

Front cover of poetry books by Indigenous authors in Canada

About the collection

The Hartmut Lutz Collection of Indigenous Literature contains over 1000 books by Canadian and American Indigenous authors and on Indigenous subjects.

Hartmut Lutz is professor emeritus and former chair of American and Canadian Studies: Anglophone Literatures and Cultures of North America at the University of Greifswald, Germany. He is founder of the Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, a research centre for Canadian and American literature studies. Over the course of his career, much of Dr. Lutz’s research has focused on Canadian culture and Indigenous literature.

November 28 to February 28
3rd floor, W.A.C. Bennett Library (SFU Burnaby)

Contact for further information

For further information please contact Special Collections and Rare Books at or Ewa Delanowski at or visit Special Collections.