NIDA Contest Entry

Cheyenne, Swinomish, Age 20, Washington

The beauty of Life

The beauty of life
Bringing my anxiety to light
All the hurt all the pain
drugs and alcohol drive me insane
Meditation with eagles up in the mountains
Sovereign nation sobriety
Changing our image
Letting the white man see that
Drugs and alcohol can’t take the native path from me
Say no to drugs and find the beauty in your life soar with the eagles and follow the steps of our ancestors out of the past and in to the future


I was gifted some jingles for my daughter, she is Ojibwe, but I am not Native. Are there any cultural prohibitions or guidelines that say who should make my daughter a jingle dress? Can I, not Native, make my daughter a jingle dress for Native gatherings?

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