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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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No Cry For I – Urban Native Son with Abena Songbird

Posted by on Jun 19, 2012 in Collaborative Work, Music | 0 comments

No Cry For I – Urban Native Son with Abena Songbird

 

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A living treasure: Christine Weston Prairie Chicken

Posted by on Jun 17, 2012 in Articles, Dakota Lakota Journal | 1 comment

A living treasure: Christine Weston Prairie Chicken

A living treasure: Christine Weston Prairie Chicken By Abena Songbird Journal Staff Writer RAPID CITY — Christine Weston Prairie Chicken, recently celebrated her 94 birthday in Rapid City at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church on Haines Ave. surrounded by her large and loving family. Born Nov. 10, 1912 in Flandreau, South Dakota, she is Santee Sioux on both sides of the family; her grandfather, Daniel Weston, was the first homesteader in Flandreau. A proud lineage Her father, Samuel K. Weston was the first Presbyterian Minister at Pine Ridge. Her mother was Martha Redwing or “Wanahca Waste...

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Oglala spiritual leader, educator, Wilmer Mesteth shares history, traditional songs

Posted by on Jun 17, 2012 in Articles, Dakota Lakota Journal | 2 comments

Oglala spiritual leader, educator, Wilmer Mesteth shares history, traditional songs

Oglala Lakota spiritual leader, educator, Wilmer Mesteth(Wanapeye Najica) shares history, traditional songs “A beautiful history, a beautiful country, a beautiful people” By Abena Songbird Dakota Lakota Journal Staff CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL ? Oglala spiritual leader, Wilmer “Stampede” Mesteth gave a generous presentation to an appreciative crowd of foreign tourists and members of the local community Thursday, July 5, at Crazy Horse Memorial. Mesteth, Wanapeye Najica, (Stampede) born in 1957 at Silver Lake, South Dakota, is a direct descendent of Chief Red Shirt, who fought in the Battle...

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David Moses Bridges – The Trees Let Me Know

Posted by on Jun 17, 2012 in Articles, Dakota Lakota Journal | 2 comments

David Moses Bridges – The Trees Let Me Know

Editor’s note: This is part 1.of a 2 part series on First People’s Fund 2006 Community Spirit Award recipient David Moses Bridges, master birch bark canoe and basket maker. The Trees let me know Passamaquoddy master birch bark canoe and basket maker, David Moses Bridges 2006 First Peoples Fund Community Spirit Award Recipient By Abena Songbird Journal Staff Writer RAPID CITY — David Moses Bridges, 44, is a Passamaquoddy master in an ancient ancestral tradition; the art of birch bark canoe building. He grew up on the Sipayik [Pleasant Point] Passamaquoddy Indian Reservation near Eastport...

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