We did not think of the great open plains, the beautiful rolling hills, the winding streams with tangled growth, as ‘wild’. Only to the white man was nature a ‘wilderness’ and only to him was it ‘infested’ with ‘wild’ animals and ‘savage’ people. To us it was tame. Earth was bountiful and we were surrounded with the blessings of the Great Mystery. – Luther Standing Bear
The buffalo, free on the plain,
a thundered herd unrivaled reign.
We honored gifts, maintained tableau;
a recognized wise interchain;
our food, our clothes, containers, ropes;
free on the plain, the buffalo.
Invaders came with guns and greed.
They killed our gods with twisted creed
of lies and steel, to poison veins,
us, and our ways. Our mother bleeds —
a mission to exterminate.
With guns and greed, invaders came.
How many more millennia will humans wage war against each other? I just read that the Neanderthals and the Homo-sapiens waged war with each other for 100,000 years. How far have we advanced since then. Whether is it the white man doing their best to exterminate the First Peoples on the North American continent or Putin invading the Ukraine, it makes me wonder if we have a capacity to do better?
Top image link is here and also a place where you can learn more about the White Buffalo-Calf Woman Prophesy.
Grace is today’s host of dVerse’ Poetry Form. Grace says: (wow, just figured out I can link like this also):
Am also linking this to Brendan’s site, earthweal, for Open Link Weekend.