National Indigenous Peoples Day

“My people will sleep for a hundred years, but when they awake, it will be the artists who give them their spirit back.”
Louis “David” Riel – founder of the Province of Manitoba and political leader to the Métis people
Summer Solstice
Spirits dance in wind, thunder and rain
Dream catchers and eagle feathers
drum beats louder
calming forgotten hearts
Throat singers gather : face to face
calming grieving hearts
Shoes buried in blood stained, unmarked graves
bare feet 
once walked the earth in innocence
marked by the summer solstice 

words and Images  © 2021 ann ivy male

A poem to honour all lives lost at Canadian Residential Schools
June 21, 2021 is National Indigenous Peoples Day's 25th anniversary of celebrating the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of 
First Nations, Inuit and Métis. 

Images captured at The National Gallery of Canada, Indigenous Art collection.

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