Before I Was Me

Authored by Rudy TwoMoon
Kristeen Hernandez aka Lady2Soothe

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RudyDeuceTruth questions “before I was me” and journeys through DNA and our shared humanity.

The so called illegals have more rights to this land than many of the occupiers of today. We are Indigenous. The border crossed us, not the other way around. Before California became a state, we people were called Indians, then the land became the property of the USA, the people were then called Mexican. I’m Yaqui, Mescalero, Aztec, Mayan, Spanish, Scottish, and Basque . I may also carry African blood. I have ancestors on both sides of this invisible line. We traveled all the way up to Canada down to deep Mexico. Half of us got stuck wherever we were when that line was drawn. Some of my lineage fought with Poncho Villa and some fought against. I am history. I carry the stories in my DNA. I am from all over this great planet. Like everyone, I am the ancients.

Before I was me, I lived with lions and danced their songs. I was captured and shipped from Africa as a slave. Was bred with the Spanish and natives into a culture now called illegal.

Before I was me, I walked these sacred lands right here with the mammoth and traded sacred foods and medicines.

Before I was me, I traveled great distances on great ships, fought against the British crown and danced my pagan ritual.

Before I was me, I traveled from Basque to the Mexican pyramids and met the other parts of me. At some point generations later, we became what I am today.

I am a human, a creature from the stars. I contain the sun. I am the water. I am mud. My movements tell the ancient tale of my existence. My stillness echoes it. My children contain the secrets of their mother’s journey of then and now.

Our children are our ancestors.

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