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Native Spirit

Updated on March 19, 2017

The red settlers, natives of the lands, have lived in many bands,

All about the countryside, the Indian people's tribes did all span.

First to settle in mountainous terrain, across the prairies so wide,

Made homes in green valleys, lived off what nature did provide,

New immigrants soon came to the regions, settling far and wide,

At first, there was a respect by all, until the war whoop was cried.

Taking of lives, robbing to blame, displacing every single name,

The more the new settlers came, only put more fuel to the flame.

Every corner of the earth, came the many, not to matter of their birth,

No more teepees, huts of the few, now log cabins, with their hearth.

Overcoming and taking away, killing off herds, all the animals to slay,

The great buffalo, wild deer, the birds, destroyed, ignoring their worth.

The army then came to burn and pillage, destroying every Indian village,

Took prisoners and kept all locked away, even children, not to run, to play.

Later made to march in long endless lines, across plains, hands to bind,

The Trail of Tears, so real in name, and of those to blame, in every way.

A few tribes were able to survive, keeping their cultures well and alive,

Over many years and the march of time, natives did flourish, to thrive.

Often history books tell only a small part of the story, of the bigger one,

Native Americans know a truth, making all that matters, in the long run.


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      whonunuwho 11 months ago from United States

      I agree with you wholeheartedly my friend. There can never be enough done to make up for the wrongs of the country to the Native People. My family has Cherokee and Creek Native American in our genes. Many blessings to you and family. whonu

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      Shauna L Bowling 11 months ago from Central Florida

      What was done to America's natives is wrong in every sense of the word. I'm proud to have passed on a bit of my Cherokee blood to my son. People are just so darned cruel!

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      whonunuwho 11 months ago from United States

      Thank you Gypsy and have a wonderful evening. whonu

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 12 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      A most creative and wonderful poem.

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      whonunuwho 12 months ago from United States

      I was hesitant about the name Red Man and Indian. The Indian was given that name because Columbus thought he had discovered India, instead of America. To this day the Native American has been given the false name of "Indian". As far as colors, white are not truly white, nor Black truly black in their skin tones. Red or yellow are not true skin tones. Let's respect all of our brothers and sisters by saying that they are not judged by their colors, but only their hearts.We are not the judges, only our creator who has made us all.

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      whonunuwho 12 months ago from United States

      Thank you, Nell and blessings to you and yours. Yes, my friend, it is so sad the way the

      Native Americans have been treated over the years. Perhaps some solace is given in some receiving government aid and monetary help. It truly can never make up for the terrible treatment. Thank you for stopping by. whonu

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      Nell Rose 12 months ago from England

      Wonderful poem and so sad and true too!