As a Native American child and raised in the Church, I always took to heart from my teachings to build everything upon a firm foundation.
I stand back and observe, and as I grow older, I can analyze today's events and associate the firm foundation that America built.
The settlers came first and took the land to claim to have discovered where we already live. Stolen land is what we hear the elders say. So we started with our first American foundation of thievery.
As the new settlers that escaped religious prosecution from their home countries arrived, they set up religious rules. These rules led those who disagreed with the establishers to burn at the stake and killed as savages and witches. We started with our second American foundation as murderers.
There were not enough workers to build this country, so we stole people from another land and called them possessions. This practice went on for many years, even after the declaration of so-called freedom. We continue to have unjust and unfair practices as to say that we are less than human and merely a possession. We started with our third American foundation of humans as commodities.
We as Americans support the use of guns for more than hunting meat. We have lost control or never had the power of the concept of gun violence. We have forgotten that the west was won by shooting anything that was in the way; how is it any different now. We live by the sword and die by the sword; our fourth American foundation is defensive.
Americans have desecrated mother earth, taking more than is needed, not considering her healing. We have tilled our mid-west where nothing grows, and all we needed was to plant a seed. We modified our food source with chemicals and overuse of pesticides. Our water is wormwood. We mass-produce animals and control our natural resources to have game hunting. Now we question why we are on fire with many wildfires.
The Creator is no longer going to protect America, and our Mother is fighting back. This foundation is crumbling, and a new foundation is coming.
Tyrese Bright Flower Gould Jacinto
Featuring the new Coloring and Activity book based on the Cohanzick Lenape Village Tales books by Tyrese Gould Jacinto offers imagination of stories that brings the past to life. Learn ancient wisdom that teaches respect and confidence while enjoying a living history of Native culture.
Often, we Natives are portrayed as something that is from the past. In fact, we are alive and thriving, and there are many artists out there that are underrepresented or never mentioned in mainstream media.
We are aware, and it is evident that we are significantly under-represented in movies, commercials, and television and primarily as a subject of books, and many artists should be acknowledged and encouraged to publish their stories.
I have decided to publish this book series for my children and grandchildren so they could have these stories from me in their hearts and to be able to pass this down like any other books that they love.
I am incredibly excited that I can join such a small group of talented Native American authors. It took a lot of courage to put my story in print, but I did it. We must encourage others to tell their story and give them access to be able to publish.
I wrote these book's “Tale of the Turkeys' Detailed Tale”, “The Creator's Great Soup”, “The Blossoms of Bright Flower”, “The Wishing Doll”, “Whisper Wind Song”, and “Seek the Better Place”. This is just the beginning, like all others.
I have many stories in my heart that I would like to publish to share them all with my children and my grandchildren and for future generations as a part of my legacy. It is an honor to be able to share my book and my talents with the world. If we do not share it with you, then you will not remember us. Please encourage the schools and teachers to focus on these books and other Native American authors' stories.
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