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small pox, tb, processed white sugar

and enriched white flour

english,

bad hair cuts

and residential school

 

buffalo
 wiped from the earth

‘cause it fed and clothed a nation

buffalo bones crushed for fine china

 

clear-cutting makes way for a foreign agriculture

acres and acres of wheat fields

instead of corn, beans and squash

imported white rice versus wild, wild rice

 

immigrant cows replace indigenous buffalo

eagles trapped and killed for feathers and bald heads

to the point of extinction

they r.i.p. on every green back

this shared history

a legacy

 

imprinted in my memory

just like paddling the mississauga river

making trails across the plains to wild rice

shores and blueberry fields

i know my way home

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