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Indian Gifts | Lupita & Jon McClanahan

A photo of two wolves in front of a fallen tree. One wolf is howling, the other is not. The poem "Indian Gifts" by Lupita and Jon McClanahan is on the left hand side of the image and reads as follows "Raccoon Clan speaking about their first baby/Crickets singing their loves songs/Male wind calling for female rain/When received, they are gifts to be treasured.//Fire gods dancing for their food/Sister Stars crying with grandfather darkness/Neighborly dogs chanting with their distant relatives coyote/When received, they are gifts to be treasured.//Sparrows flying with their enemies, the bats/Hiding behind their grandmother clouds/Five finger people sharing their hearts/Cottonwood leaf whispering about their life/With their spirits, All/When received they are gifts to be treasured.//Anasazi listening for prayers/Dine people humming/Human Beings writing poems/When received they are gifts to be treasured."

We offer this poem in honor of Native American Heritage Day.

If a line or phrase resonates with you, we invite you to use it as a starting point to create your own poem.

We welcome you to share your poem with the IPM community here: A Poetry Commons.

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