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Poetry by Dr. Deidra Suwanee Dees




You Taught Me


i was 


not 

born


biologically 


savage 


until 

you taught 


me 



i was


 

Indian Sin



 

 

sunday

school 

 

teacher taught

us Indians

 

we

were

 

born into

original sin,

 

and jesus

 

paid

 

for our

sin;

 

teacher,

 

if jesus

 

paid for our

sin,

 

why

do

I  

have to pay?


 

Damaged


 

polluted                       culture,      

 

damaged by     invasion,

 

 

 

in all my years

 

growing up on             dog river,

 

 

 

no one

 

ever taught      me

 

where

the                   sun rises


 

Dr. Deidra Dees is the second-place winner of the Native Voices Award, a member of the Mvskoke nation, and descends from Hotvlkvlke (Wind Clan). She grew up picking cotton on a rural Alabama farm, where her ancestors lived. Dr. Dees is a Cornell and Harvard graduate and the published author of Vision Lines: Native American Decolonizing Literature. Dr. Dees currently serves as Director/Tribal Archivist at the Poarch Band of Creek Indians and teaches Native American Studies at the University of South Alabama. 


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Beautiful layout! The images really amplify the writing. Mvto.

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