Native American Heritage Month: 'To Those Who Carry the Blood,' a Poem by Richard Walker - ICTMN.com
Richard Walker, Mexican/Yaqui, is a newspaper editor in Kitsap County, Washington, as well as a correspondent for Indian Country Today Media Network. In honor of Native American Heritage Month, ICTMN is reprinting selected poems from his chapbook, The Journey Home (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2012, www.redbirdchapbooks.com).
To Those Who Carry the Blood
Let us lift our hands to all those who carry the blood …
The fair-skinned woman with light-brown hair
who wears the paint
and dances the dances
her great-grandmother danced.
The woman of 1/16th blood who
lives the teachings