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We Are Tsa la gi, Cherokee

Long, long ago we first offer thanksgiving
To the Season of red leaves and bare branches
When Deer coats are thick and Bear sleeps
And Earth Mother smiles as Spirit dawn
Teaches of her change in songs of promise

We circle the sacred fire to share blessings
And speak silent prayers to the four winds
Rising from ash to ember to flame as smoke
Drifts up to our Sun-Father's star nation
And we the Tsa la gi sing to seven humble ways

Secrets of days that keep us true to our tribe
We join with all man people in this dance
And remembrance of Creator-Spirit's love
Together we renew our life as Earth Mother
Turns her seasons from planting to harvest to Winter,

We are Tsa la gi

© Granville Holt

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