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At the Bismarck ANTIQUES ROADSHOW in the summer of 2005,
a man brought in a rare book he bought for spare change at
Fort Yates, North Dakota, part of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
It is a Christian Bible with a twist: it was written in the Dakota language.
from: “Dakota, Lakota, Nakota: Languages of the Sioux”, By Dennis Gaffney, 04, 24, 2006



america invert yourself,
you’ve got yourself a raw nerve
some kind of aching tooth
in this world there are no mothers and fathers
no one has come before you
infant you know only you
can undo the things done unto you

come to the water and start again

baptism in the Jordan as the world melts
and the river’s on fire
come again now, read Dakota from the Hebrew
they come to convert you,
it’s 1872
feel your history mark your life,
your heart is a landmine, a genocide
History is not fair, but throw your arms open anyway
be only brave, wear a feather in your hair
for those who came before you
for those that you never knew
when you were desperate
they said you had it in you. and you knew

come to the water and start again


from priya thomas is blood heron (renovation tracks), released October 28, 2008
dakota from the hebrew
guitar, piano, organ, voc: priya thomas


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