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Yup'ik RavenPoems by Maricia Skinna

Here are a selection of poems written by Maricia Skinna, originally from Mountain Village and now living in Klawock, Alaska.

Wiinga Naucetaaq

mind games

Alaska The Wild

ABCs of The Native Way

 

 

 

Eloquent, gifted, robustly alive.
Legendary, bravely beautiful and proud.
Intelligence projected socially, politically.
Zealously protected the inherent rights of her people.
An extraordinary example of leadership.
Beacon of light she rose and stood among high.
Everlasting voice of freedom and choice.
Together we carry the mighty banner of truth.
Honor, presence and called to stand.

Peratrovich from Wanamaker she became.
Elizabeth blessed, knew who she was.
Raven – wise, clever and strong.
Alaska Natives today stand in unity and might.
Tomorrow will bring alive the voices of the past.
Reflecting on yesterday, a time long gone…
Oh what trials and journeys it took!
Villages of today continue on as best we can.
Indians, Eskimos, and Aleut, subsistence, jurisdiction unbound.
Chants from each of our drumbeats unleashed.
Honor, glory and thanks be to our Ruler on High.

Elizabeth Peratrovich 1911 - 1958
Written by Maricia Skinna
February 15, 2007

“I would not have expected that I, who am barely out of savagery, would have to remind gentlemen with five thousand years of recorded civilization behind them of our Bill of Rights….No law will eliminate crimes, but at least you legislators can assert to the world that you recognize the evil of the present situation and speak your intent to help us overcome discrimination.” ~ Elizabeth Peratrovich

 

 

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