North American Aboriginals · Towards Reconciliation

The Burden – shared by Norma J. Hill

Excerpt:
A burden for the Indians, you say/ you have a burden for the Indians
and anxiously wait for my reply/ thinking your words warm my heart.
Instead they send a chill down my spine./
A burden for the Indians, you say / you have a burden for the Indians.
Be my Indian guide; take me to your people./ Be my Tonto; I’ll be your Lone Ranger.
I’ll be your Custer; you be me White-Man-Owns-Him./
A burden for the Indians, you say/ you have a burden for the Indians.
You’ve always dreamed of this:/ A two-week adventure with lifetime bragging rights,
Indians left to live or die with the consequences.
A burden for the Indians, you say/ you have a burden for the Indians.
Have you, your church, your denomination/ ever opposed the slaughter, the theft of land,
the termination of our ways of life?/

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