when birth and death[break] are the same not[break] come full circle[break]but cut short[break] blank baby book[break] one picture, one[break] page why not send[break]one announcement[break] birth & death save[break] time postage grief[break] a sleight-of-hand[break]flip-flop, flip-flop[break] one baby blue[break] one coffin black[break] now you see it[break]now you don’t[break]black/blue/black/blue/black[break]read my fortune[break]deal me a birth/[break]death card.
Anuk-Ite’: Double-Face Woman: Poems
About the Symbol
Next to the south window of the little cabin a plyboard had been nailed over the logs and painted yellow. In the center a large red circle was flanked by a red arrow on each side, facing outwards.
Selo Black Crow said, "I’ll tell you a good story. Two arrows, two warriors, Crow Dog and Black Crow, and one hochoka, one sacred circle. A hundred years ago, fighting at the Little Big Horn, Black Crow, my great-grandpa, and Crow Dog, Leonard’s great-grandpa, made a sacred bond of brotherhood. Still strong after a hundred years. Now it’s me and Leonard who‘re the warriors fighting the government for treaty rights. When we sundanced together, I painted it here so everyone could see we help each other. We keep our AIM camps a-going, Camp Lakota and Crow Dog’s Paradise. Sanctuaries to revive the spiritual heart of our culture."