“I will follow the white man’s trail. I will make him my friend, but I will not bend my back to his burdens. I will be cunning as a coyote. I will ask him to help me understand his ways, then I will prepare the way for my children, and their children. The Great Spirit has shown me — a day will come when they will outrun the white man in his own shoes.”- Many Horses

Gleams of flames twisting like the knots in our hearts from the fire in the center of the field. My ceremony. My day. All the attention on me that Chiam would much rather have. Tribe members hooted, and hollered before the fire wearing masks of various animals. Plumes of cannabis smoke covered half of the field, and the stench drifted with the wind.

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