Posted by on Jun 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

Mitakuye Oyasin

By: Dana Lonehill

Do NOT underestimate who I am

Or twist the meaning of my words

For so defiantly with my right hand

I will throw down some wicked nouns and verbs

Like this:

I come from my mother

Whose knowledge spreads like the Milky Way

I come from my brothers

Who are the warriors of today

I come from my grandmother

Who wasn’t scared of a soul

I come from my father

Whose heart glows like a red hot coal

I come from my sisters

Who always stand to the side of me

I come from my grandfather

Whose beliefs are rooted deep as a tree

I come from my ancestors

Whose spirits are those that are truly free

I come from a strong people

Who have been underestimated

Remember that

Before you think you know who we are

For we are all related.

Mitakuye Oyasin

-Dana Lonehill 2011