Today New Mexico honors Indigenous People’s Day! In celebration we are featuring our Hermana, and contributor, Anita Lara @manzanita.mujer.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * “It is fitting that Indigenous People’s day marks the season when my people begin to prepare the Honoring and Flowering of our ancestors - of rest and reflection of those who have given us these life ways. Those who I see reflected in my brown eyes, skin and dark hair. Those who have built the trails on this land below my feet.
My Land is this Valley, the unrecognized Pueblo of Tortugas, a place which was just recently updated with proper street draining and sidewalks. A land that is currently occupied by the state entity of NMSU. A land that the Catholic Church continues to rule over our traditions as though it was their’s.
It is from generations of struggle and displacement in which the semillas of traditions and consciousness have began to spring forward toward the light of the sun. Stronger and more resilient than ever.
As I look toward the future, pressing my feet against the ground as the drum beats; I honor my people, earth and all of creation. I see this land in all its beauty; a reminder of why I lift my Arco toward the stars, dancing prayers of action:
“Madre Morenita, feel my vibrations of prayer as my feet move upon your belly. May the earth be saved for my future children, for the youth that is now rising. May you protect all the Indigenous People who pick up their Nopal in la lucha.”
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Model/Contributor: Anita Lara @manzanita.mujer ...