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Poetry by Melissa Fry Beasley, Cherokee Poet and Writer ! [ very interesting blog ]

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  • ghwelker
    http://melissafrybeasley.wordpress.com/about/ Melissa Fry Beasley is a Cherokee Poet, Writer, Advocate, and Activist from Oklahoma. She is proud to have red
    Message 1 of 69 , Mar 12, 2013
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      http://melissafrybeasley.wordpress.com/about/

      Melissa Fry Beasley is a Cherokee Poet, Writer, Advocate, and Activist from Oklahoma. She is proud to have red dirt running through her veins. You can find her work in print and online.

      melissafrybeasley@...

      http://melissafrybeasley.wordpress.com/

      Poem To My Grandmother

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      Mixed media collage, me

      Piecing together life
      Pain
      Joy
      Smiles
      Into amazing squares
      Of faith and strength
      Catching laughter
      Binding tears
      Placing them just so
      Feather stitching chaos into order
      Into your hoop
      Go dreams of the people
      Memories of family
      Nations quilted into glorious hugs and well wishes
      Sent across miles
      Or just around the corner
      Wrapped tightly
      Safely shielded from the elements
      Harshness of the world
      History woven into each block
      Every blanket containing pieces of you
      Your wisdom
      Reminding us who we are
      Where we came from
      In one of your blankets I saw chickens in a coop
      another contained startstuffs and Heaven
      I’ve seen wedding rings
      A trail across Kansas
      Even the path of a drunkard
      I saw the blanket of Chiefs and
      One men wrap up in to see Holy things
      There was even one made by your Grandmother so long ago
      When she was still little
      Love in each stitch
      Prayer in every thread
      So much magic in each creation of your beautiful hands
      I found my Grandmother
      Her Grandmothers
      Blowing in the breeze
      Soaking in the sun
      As this blanket was just hanging there.

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      War Torn

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      The eyes caught me
      Bomb -shattered and tired.
      Time stretched on
      In them for eternities.
      I could see everything
      They had captured within them.
      Full of knowledge and expectation.
      Thunder of war
      Lightening of quick death;
      The dead that rose to haunt him defiantly.
      He had entered places forbidden,
      Touching death
      Walked over sleeping bodies.
      Days measured out
      Though life can make
      Opportunity for outcasts.
      He lay where shadows of past
      Still fell heavy and menacing.
      Locked in the cool darkness
      Of blue-black rooms
      Every valuable thing
      Was taken from him.
      Life flows away
      Faster than the passage of age.
      Only in sleep
      Will you be hacked to pieces.
      Only in the resting
      Will you be made a martyr.

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      Uncertain Time

      Wolf pup howls;
      Noses mother.
      Again, with paw.
      She does not move.
      There is no stirring.

      In darkening sky,
      Turkey vultures eagerly circle
      Contemplate closing in.
      He knows this is an uncertain time.

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      Civilization

      You think
      This
      Is civilization
      This
      Is only architecture
      Society
      Built on lies
      Destined to crumble
      Falling from sky
      Ash like snow
      Ailing forces
      That twist like tornadoes
      The way spirits
      Travel in wind
      We only fell victim
      To our compassion
      Went to war
      Came home alone
      Broken
      Weary with loss
      But not yet beaten
      With no desire
      To make you
      Feel better
      About
      Your tragedies




    • ghwelker
      http://vimeo.com/63898681 This exhibition has been co-organized by the National Museum of the American Indian and the Smithsonian Latino Center. Drawing from
      Message 69 of 69 , Apr 17, 2013
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        http://vimeo.com/63898681


        This exhibition has been co-organized by the National Museum of the American Indian and the Smithsonian Latino Center.


        Drawing from more than 17,000 objects in the collections of the National Museum of the American Indian, Cerámica de los Ancestros is a celebration of Central America’s diverse and dynamic ancestral heritage. For thousands of years, Central America has been home to vibrant civilizations, each with unique, sophisticated ways of life, value systems, and arts. The ceramics these peoples left behind, combined with recent archaeological discoveries, help tell the stories of these dynamic cultures and their achievements.


        The early histories of Central American cultures follow similar paths. By 1500 BC, people had settled in large villages, where they cultivated, hunted, and gathered wild foods. Maize agriculture supported growing populations, and distinct forms of status, leadership, belief systems, and arts emerged regionally. Social and trade networks connected Central American communities to peoples in South America, Mesoamerica, and the Caribbean, sharing knowledge, technology, artworks, and systems of status and political organization.


        Europeans’ arrival brought further changes. Native peoples have often struggled to maintain distinct identities and lifeways, or have merged with dominant cultures. Despite these changes, the legacy of Central America’s civilizations continues to resonate in their descendants’ lives and those of other Central Americans.


        Cerámica de los Ancestros looks at seven regions representing distinct Central American cultural areas. These regions are today part of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.


        Accompanied by an interactive website, a landmark publication, and a full schedule of educational and public programs, Cerámica de los Ancestros represents a pioneering effort by the Smithsonian to promote a better understanding of the creative pre-Contact cultures of Central America while engaging a new Latino audience.


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