Indigenous People’s Day

Coming from mother earth,
returning to her soil,
the people of the land
teach us that all 
is connected;
life to life,
nature to nature,
spirit to spirit.
Their wisdom forgotten
as their lives were destroyed,
ancestry eliminated,
homelands laid waste,
and culture appropriated
by those who claimed 
they could somehow possess
that which no one could ever own. 
May we finally
hear their voices,
heed their wisdom,
make reparations;
if it is not too late
for us all.
- bshivers


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