Sinew & Symbols by Tyrone Ross Thompson
Trauma Informed Care Conference
I heard tales of healing
witnessed the lifetime affluence
with temporary appearance.
At will divides sovereignty
Do womxn only get these colonial seal letters?,
footnotes and headers of divided community
yet tell the world we're united with humility,
each longhouse has a tale of character
questioned with at will words
the environment with limited prosper
the constant and ever present anger,
is this the era of living departed?
the fallacy of Chief's
ringing bells that are tainted
Love for the missing and murdered, all the while subjugated
work places with petty one upmanship
governed with republican feathers
the pretty attire with conflicted relationship
IRA/BIA acceptance of blood quantum or Matrilineal kinship.
For three days there was confidence
like the departed returned through Washani
and had danced with us in elegance
but immediate family had at will experience.
Visitors shared tears & celebration,
the pain into breathe of life
the ambition of redemption
the living prophecies of Revolution.
Despite this, seems like the surname
of Treaty Signers
can only succeed with the pattern of a colonial game,
is this place for anyone connected with a River Name?,
In travels just within the same reservation boundary
heard the language teacher's lineage
was denied their humanity.
A resentment of a living legacy.
The colonial seals temporary influence.
Love & acceptance is more common with foreigners.
Glass beads of sinew & symbols, remind us of elegance,
the endurance of survival; & searching for sincere collective purpose.
By Tyrone Ross Thompson
Wyampum Nez Perce