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Our ancestors dreamt your future

The iron rail, Angus cows slumbering in shorn prairie

The buffalo remembered only on the metal

That buys and sells on the grain exchange

There are those moments at the Mississippi when a breeze

Through the ancient cottonwoods remembers

The absent sound of well-worn leather moccasins

And the silent slide of birchbark on muddy water

The moments when even you feel memory rise on neck hairs

Our ancestors dreamt your future,

While writing our future on wiigwaasabak; petroglyphs

The Midewinini secured our future in limestone caves

Poem: MARCIE RENDON, White Earth Anishinaabe, is a playwright, poet, performance artist, and author. She has published four plays, two nonfiction children’s books, poems, and short stories in numerous anthologies. Marcie is the author of three Cash Mystery novels, Girl Gone Missing (2019), Murder on the Red River (2017), and Sinister Graves (2020) published by Cinco Puntos Press.

Art: SARA ENDALE is a multidisciplinary painter, photographer, graphic designer, and public artist working in the Twin Cities. She received an associate degree in sculpture and painting from Addis Ababa University,


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