Each time I look at this picture I can't help but focus on her gaze. It was my grandmother's and it now hangs at my father's house above the couch. As I am so thankful for all of the blessings and beautiful souls that I am surrounded with each day, I was reminded to be thankful for the ancestors of this land we call homeaho #neverforget #aho #roots #honor #strength #respect
Native American Prayer
Oh, Great Spirit
Whose voice I hear in the winds,
And whose breath gives life to all the world,
hear me, I am small and weak,
I need your strength and wisdom.
Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold
the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have
made and my ears sharp to hear your voice.
Make me wise so that I may understand the things
you have taught my people.
Let me learn the lessons you have
hidden in every leaf and rock.
I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother,
but to fight my greatest enemy - myself.
Make me always ready to come to you
with clean hands and straight eyes.
So when life fades, as the fading sunset,
my Spirit may come to you without shame. ~translated by Yellow Lark 1887 (The girl above is not Yellow Lark)