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Lesson: Poets in Revolt!

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What walking the red road means to me is

By Mariah Valenzuela

From the forthcoming anthology, Poets in Revolt!, this poet uses her voice to speak up for those who have been silenced in the indigenous community.

Level

Grade 8

Type

Poetry

What walking the red road means to me is

I’m walking for myself and for my people

There’s power to what WE behold

We are walking with positive attitudes and thoughts

No stone should ever be left behind

Because we are all one

I am walking a clean road for my mother, uncles

For the ones who can’t be here

My grandmothers, my grandfather, sisters, brothers

My future sons and daughters, my community 

Mamma raised a hustler 

But that doesn’t mean I got to be on the corner selling drugs

That means Imma grind to whatever I put my mind to

That means there’s power behind MY name

Power behind these words

That means my pencil is my weapon

That means I am Native American

And I am walking for Indigenous Women!

 

In response to: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

About the Author

Mariah enjoys playing ALL the sports in the book. She is Native American and is a part of the Lac Courte Oreilles tribe. She started to write poetry as an escape route, and she truly enjoys it and wants to expand her capabilities. Mariah wants to inspire youth to do their best even in the worst conditions.

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