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Blackfoot - By: Sophia Coli

We are Blackfoot

That doesn’t mean we should be underfoot

I am proud of my family

They survived a tragedy

We will never accept your slurs

We are dauntless

We are extraordinary

We are Blackfoot

We have regain our individuality

There isn’t as much fatality

But it lurks

You will not put us under the same crests

We are our own peoples

We do not use other cultures labels

We don’t believe in their fables

We are Blackfoot

Residential schools broke us

But we wear our scars like sashes

Unable to spread our friend’s ashes

Some of us were burned like witches

There was no witnesses

We have too many bandages

Unable to speak our own languages

With absent privileges

No mothers

No fathers

We are Blackfoot

Please give a detailed explanation about the meaning and main idea of this poem.

My poem is about the Blackfoot and how they have gone through so much with the residential schools and losing their identities and family members.

Please explain your writing and thought process regarding this poem.

I read this impactful short story that gave me inspiration to write this poem

Why did you choose to write this poem?

I wrote it for a school assignment and my teacher suggested I put it on here

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