News From Native California Volume 31, Issue 3 - Page 36

By Tabitha Smith Blood Ties & Battle Cries Its roots nourished by the tears of too many Mothers who had to relinquish their flesh back to the Earth Mother that birthed her people. Seeds sown in sorrow give rise to the most bountiful fruit. The kind of gift our Grandmothers prayed for singing amongst clouds in an interstellar nursery. Not yet coalesced into particle but somehow powerful enough to permeate dimensions calling out to all warriors to rally the troops. Whispers within dreams of water my heart is washed anew. The beat and battle cries echo between mountains never to fade but reverberate generations into eternity. 34 ▼ N E WS F ROM N AT IVE C AL IFO RNIA