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The twenty first century Native American Woman is still fighting for survival.

Updated on February 18, 2014
Milo Productions is a jewelry company owned and operated by a 25 year old young woman from Acoma Pueblo located in central New Mexico.
Milo Productions is a jewelry company owned and operated by a 25 year old young woman from Acoma Pueblo located in central New Mexico. | Source

She is a teenage girl trying to graduate from high school; a single mother raising 2 kids while working 2 full time jobs, a mother raising 1 son while going to school full time and working full time; a freshman attending school at an ivy league college on a scholarship; a mother of 3 trying to put all 3 through college; an independent hard worker going to college and waiting tables simultaneously; a newly single woman trying to stay off drugs and alcohol; an educated woman looking for a good man who is not afraid of her knowledge; a grandmother raising 3 grandchildren; a grandmother trying to hold onto life for her family…

She carries a Coach handbag, a handful of index cards for her graduation speech, a backpack, a diaper bag, a plastic bag with the only 2 pairs of clothes she owns, a tank of oxygen…

She sees the past, the present, the future, joy, death, unity, happiness, desertion, love, abandonment, sadness, healing, divorce, perseverance, hate, drunks, kids, college students, and the white tourists in Old Town buying expensive “authentic” jewelry and eating at the fancy places only white people eat at while they stay at the southwestern style Hyatt Regency for the historic value and nearby Native American art museums….

She wears faded blue jeans and a black t-shirt, leather beaded moccassins, a white summer dress, earrings she bought at Kay Jewelers, a jacket bought full price at Macy's, the sweater her Grandma sent her for Christmas 3 years ago, open toed sandals, and she even wears the traditional made-by-hand clothing on feast days and for traditional ceremonies...

She feels like a stranger, restless, comfortable, under accomplished, overwhelmed, suffocated, happy, angry, alone…

She touches nothing and she touches everyone…

She hears, “You can’t do it.”

© 2012 morningstar18


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