Narrative Imagination

"The power of empathy with living things other than ourselves is a major test not just of poetic imagination but of ethical sensitivity. An in this regard we might go so far as to say that genocide and atrocities presuppose a radical failure of narrative imagination" - Richard Kearney On Stories

We stood around the place where Ogallala Chief Crazy Horse was murdered after surrendering at Fort Robinson, Nebraska. The history of the space altars the landscape with something severe but intangible. The stone memorial that marks the location of Crazy Horse's death seems to reiterate the weight of the history on the place. Narrative plays a large role in the way one can view the world, and a great power of the arts is to teach empathy through the development of narrative imagination. We had read several conflicting histories of the incident that lead to the death of Crazy Horse, and a lack of narrative imagination was a common thread in explaining the inability of early settlers to comprehend American Indians as equals. As an artist I believe it is important to develop my ability to advocate by creating empathy through narrative.