Posts by abena

Journey to the Heart – The Songbird and the Moor – Track 8

Posted by on Oct 1, 2012 in Music, Product for purchase - CDs. Books | 0 comments

Journey to the Heart – The Songbird and the Moor – Track 8

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The Songbird and The Moor – Track 1 (copyright 2000) Cedar and Sage Music

Posted by on Oct 1, 2012 in Music, Product for purchase - CDs. Books | 0 comments

The Songbird and The Moor – Track 1 (copyright 2000) Cedar and Sage Music

Cedar and Sage Music

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Bare Bones

Posted by on Jun 28, 2012 in Poetry - Musings | 0 comments

Bare Bones

For April ~in loving memory of Chief Homer St. Francis Bare Bones ©2009 by S. Abena Songbird in rain, snow a contemporary Metacomb Alliance to stop your suburban sprawl your colonial encroachment… Let’s get down to the bare bones the brass tacks of the matter the bared bones… Disturbed, desecrated you covered over 2,500 years along San Pablo Creek hundreds of burials Muwekma Ohlone relatives first for a paint factory then in 2002 for a Bay Street Center shopping mall Remember year 2000 on the frontlines – Chief April Rushlow us non-status Abenaki in rain, snow a...

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Molly Murphy Mixed message: Beading a multi-colored palate

Posted by on Jun 26, 2012 in Articles, Native Legacy | 0 comments

Molly Murphy   Mixed message: Beading a multi-colored palate

“For me it feels like my skills belong to my community,” she said. “I feel like I have that obligation – to care-take the skill itself and to make these beautiful things for my community.”    Molly Murphy Mixed message: Beading a multi-colored palate   By Abena Songbird (for Native Legacy Magazine Vol. 2 Issue 3 – Summer 2009) MISSOULA, MT- Molly Murphy, 31, a mixed-blood descendant of the Oglala, Lakota, is one of the premier contemporary beadworkers to emerge from the Great Plains region. Though her maternal lineage is Lakota, since childhood Murphy was raised by her...

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3 Poems (excerpts from Bitterroot)

Posted by on Jun 21, 2012 in Poetry - Musings | 0 comments

3 Poems (excerpts from Bitterroot)

Bitterroot (Freedom Voices Press 2001) – excerpts http://freedomvoices.org/new/bitterroot         We use our hands © Abena Songbird Oceans and rivers Great lakes and streams We are the dreamers Weaving the dream Oceans and rivers Great flow and ebb We are the weavers weaving the web… When the Dawnland people are songbirds They set out their snares shaped like tiny snowshoes wrapped with sinew hooked with the thinnest of horsehair nooses a bird leg would catch the black hair pulled taut ten and twenty birds gave their songs to feed the people when the Dawnland...

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