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
Sandra Lee Smith
first written September 14, 2012
Updated July 30, 2018