Decades before the gathering
of our peoples onto reservations,
Grandfather knew of what was to come.
There seemed to be an urgency in
his voice as we sat together to
listen ever closer to the myths
and legends of our people who
settled these parts. We paid heed
to our tribe’s elder with rapt
attention. He reminded us of
Breath-Maker who is our creator
and told of his home, and our
afterlife, in the Milky Way.
He told us of Little Giver
who gifts us with corn which
is crucial to our livelihood
and how we should
always express our gratitude.
Too we are always taught to
give thanks to the animals who
sacrifice their lives for us.
And we make sure that we use as
much of their bodies as we can
so nothing is wasted or disregarded.
All creatures, all those who fly,
slither, hop, grunt, squeak or
peep are a revered part of our lives.
Our lives intertwine with all beings.
For thousands of years we native
people lived in peace and harmony with
the land, waters and animals. Our
legends speak of respect for nature.
The Seminoles believe that if the
earth declines and dies so will we.
We’re working hard to help our
Mother thrive and regain her health.
We knew well before the white man
how to leave a small footprint upon this earth.

Our guest host Stacy invites us to write on Folk Tales over at dVerse Poets.  Please join us!

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  1. I love this, Gayle. I was so hoping someone would do Native American history. We visit Florida every couple of years, and I LOVE the story of the Seminoles!


  2. They are beautiful lessons Gayle – from revering the animals to respecting nature’s gifts ~ Love the theme of your story, and how we can learn from the First People’s history ~


  3. That’s a beautiful poem, filled with tradition. You must be very proud of your heritage.


  4. this is a bittersweet read.
    my grandmothers father was almost full Cherokee, i consider the natives my ancestors.
    thank you for joining in on the prompt with this beautiful write.


    • I would think they are your ancestors too, Stacy. I would feel quite special if I were you. Thank you for guest hosting for us!


  5. This is so intriguing 😀 thank you for sharing Native American history with us.

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  6. Stunning. We both have a great love for Native American traditions, heh?


  7. Oh I love how all those stories still live.. But alas those small footprints is something we haven’t learned yet.


  8. What lovely details of the lives of these people. I love the Breath maker and hadn’t heard of the Seminoles. But did do some research once when reading a book called ‘The Indian in the Cupboard’ so many different tribes and ways but all with such respect for the natural world.

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  9. Stunning! The details here touch my heart and there is sadness. These peoples who we encroached upon – you’ve given life to their wisdom and their natural ways. Beautiful.


  10. thefeatheredsleep

     /  April 20, 2016

    Loved this

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Anonymous

     /  April 20, 2016

    A nice story of respect of elders, life, gifts and our earth home. Lessons we need to remember, share, teach.


  12. Beautiful Gayle. Now tell me who are the true savages?


  13. My great grandmother, whom I never had the pleasure to meet, was Seminole Indian. My mother did meet her and said she was a woman of small stature but of a strong, determined personality. Love your post! xoxo

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    • Oh, I love knowing this, Renee. Thank you for sharing that. So glad you came by to read my small tribute to such a strong tribe of Native people. Hugs… xoxo


  14. This is beautiful, wise and true. Could npot be said any better, Gayle. It resonates so deeply with me.


  15. A really touching poem, Gayle. Loved it.


  16. This is so beautiful…but what a shame that so few still have the same respect for nature.



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