There is a lodge
Rib cage bent like
A sacred fire burning
deep, below my belly
for grandfather rocks
and my heart beats,
pushes breath, clockwise
I exhale words, prayers,
songs, water brings
another day, another round
The ceremony is life.
Mohawk blockading rail service between Montreal & Toronto demanding inquiry into #MMIW yesterday. 4 were arrested.
Is there any sound more beautiful than birds singing in the morning?
“I call it ‘hunting’ – non-natives come here ‘hunting’. They know they can come into our lands and rape us with impunity because they know that we can’t touch them. The US government has created that atmosphere.”— Lisa Brunner, an advocate for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in the Native American community, had this to say about sexual predators at Native American reservations
And this is why your hyper-sexualized, appropriation of our bodies as Native women is a problem white people.
We must live with the knowledge that 1 in 3 Native women will be sexually assaulted/abused/raped or be the victim of domestic violence.
Iraqi orphans singing.
UNICEF claims that there are approximately 800,000 orphans in Iraq today.
In Iraqi state orphanages, 1 in 3 children face abuse.
Art by Avis Charley