The eagle still flies above me,
The rivers continue to flow,
My native heart is still beating,
My red skin still here to show.Our lives have come back to the blanket,
Renewing the Indian ways,
To do this in honor of my people
Who lived in the long ago days
I still give thanks to Earth Mother,
Still bathe myself in moon light,
My Cherokee blood is rising,
Spirit Wolf calls my name in the night.
I have many brothers and sisters,
Who now believe as I do,
Giving thanks to the Great Spirit,
Seeing native american pride renewed.
One nation of a chosen people,
Beating drums, dancing stomp, living free,
The world is my new reservation,
I am a Red Woman!
I am Cherokee!
MARTHA MOONGAZER BEARD
JAN 9TH 2005