DANCING

SUBTITLE: DANCING OVER THE MOON/FLYING WITH THE EAGLES/DANCING ON THE WAVES

You may wonder how our names were chosen.

It is a truth in our Shoshone tribe that children

are not named until a significant event takes

place does a child find its name.

We three had spent much time together in

our earliest childhood; it was a sacred trinity,

we believed,, that we would always be together

and vowed to find  one another in future lives.

Not everyone believes as we do.  Missionaries

came and ridiculed our native practices.  They

called us heathen.

One night, we three danced over the waves, flew

with the eagles and danced over the moon.

“You dreamed it” said one of the missionaries,

“It did not happen”.

It’s a peculiar thing about the missionaries.

They only believe in white man’s religious

beliefs, some of which are stranger than ours–

the rest of us are heathens.

These are the names our tribal leaders chose

for us.

 

Sandra Lee Smith

first written September 14, 2012

Updated July 30, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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