Circles: Indian Dance, 2015
Oil on Canvas
24 x 30"
Circles: Indian Dance
I don’t believe this is Edmonton
But squint and research and there it is
the wide, dirt road of Whyte Avenue
where the Dairy Queen is today,
the same place where Pride gathers,
a century ago, a celebration.
Are they blessing a voyage, or offering tribute
to treaties signed not long ago? Do they
take back the land with their song?
Drummers, singers, Elders
send a prayer up on smoke
watch respectfully, bespectacled,
with bowler hats and bicycles
buggies and Red River carts.
Why have they gathered?
These settlers and newcomers
original Nations next to the Union Jack
out in front of the General Store?
This is Edmonton, the wide, dirt road
a century ago, a celebration, the same
Land, we all take it back in our songs.
pass the pipe, passerby
Poetry by Anna Marie Sewell and Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail