|Native Youth Join the South Walk 2-16-08|
|Written by Brita Brookes|
|Wednesday, 20 February 2008|
Local Native Youth from around the area came special on Sunday to join the Southern Walkers. The new young faces were nice to see and their smiles and determination were everywhere.( I apologize for not getting everybody's name- I am working on that part of being a photojournalist!)
I did know of one young lady - in the ''One Love'' t-shirt who came to the walk with- and held the Mother Earth banner- her name is Lakota. Her mother Zoe was there in the background as supoprt and was beaming with pride! The young girls who held the Mother Earth banner sang loud as they walked, and when they got to a rest stop and formed the circle, they started to sing "you are my sunshine" - I got emotional, and started to cry- it made me think of Tom. He used to sing that song on stage with his guitar- Thank you Lakota and your friend for that moment! Your voices travelled through the Western Door I am sure of this.
Many young men warriors joined the walk today as well! It was really good to see the young men, walking together, proud and strong. As I would take photos many would make a peace sign or a fist - or just look determined- strong young men doing good things.
As the walkers formed a circle to rest, I had an opportunity to take more individual photos of walkers- hopefully they will be sent around the world to family and friends.
The Sacred Runners were honored in a circle and all walkers shook their hands and said "thank-you" in their language! The runners stood four strong with legs like horses, ready to keep running for all our relations and mother earth!
These photos should be an invitation for more of our young ones to join. Its our future! Will you carry the banner?