Today I am on my way to help lay my aunt Doris Pratt to rest and had time to think about my Kunshi(grandmother) and reflect on stuff she raised me with.

She taught me to be resourceful, independent, be quiet,and stand up for those who cannot speak. She taught me all the domestic responsibilities and even how do my own beadwork.

My mom and sisters have always been my backbone and my aunties gave me good guidance even when I did not agree with them.

My daughters insured that a legacy will continue well after I am gone. I worked at being kind in all of my relationships. (Limited success on that one…) and I see the rise of female roles becoming strong again with the resurgence of our cultural ways.

In my later years I finally understood what my Isaugha(grandfather) said about love.

So why am I posting this?

A day late but… Because this International Woman’s Day coincided with my oldest daughter Hine Crowchild’s birthday.

I have truly been blessed with the gifts I have been given. My other daughters gifting me with 3 more grandchildren makes me feel like the future is still ours to change.

Thanks to Kunshi, Auntie Doris, and my Dakota kin for teaching me to be fearless in the face of danger and to not become complacent with the way things are.

-I am glad to finally know what love is. Its reachable now. It has been a life changing few weeks.

An International woman’s day thought. Thanks to the strong women in my life:

Be around the light bringers, the magic makers, the world shifters, the game shakers. They challenge you, break you open, uplift & expand you. They don’t let you play small with your life. The heartbeats are your people. These people are your tribe.- Danielle Doby

Dakota Elder Doris Pratt passes away

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