Without them I am no kind of Zuni

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 19:40 -- Chomer

I am a combination of two histories 

One makes me who I am

The other shapes who I'll be

Both make me the kind of Zuni I am today

 

I look to the past with longing and despair

Trying to understand why 

It slowly disappears 

Though I know the wisdom

Of my ancestors will always be rooted in me 

 

The traditions of the old ways

Influence my values of today

Without them I am no kind of Zuni

 

I respect the ways of the past

And embrace the future 

Because it molds the Zuni I am to be

 

The modern day views

Changed my outlook on life

Though it has not

Changed my values and beliefs

 

It influenced my life by

Wanting to explore the world

And change the world

The Rez life has created for me

 

The traditional values 

I learned and cherish

Follow me around

To serve as a reminder of 

Who I am

 

I can never be duplicated

For there is no one like me

One who believes in my culture 

And understands what it's like to be me

I take pride in myself because

 

I am a combination of two histories 

One makes me who I am

The other shapes who I'll be

Both make me the kind of Zuni I am Todau

 

 

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Me
My family
My community
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