Buffalo Said


Buffalo Said

By Ben Weaver

Once Buffalo said,
Because we are not changing, the climate is.

When he spoke
I heard feathers brush against bells
spiraled shells turn
in the sloshing waves
breaking around my ankles
so small upon the earth.

Despite inherited
and standardized norms
insisting the world is made up of facts
rather than metamorphoses
I know that I do not exist in isolation
from any form of intelligence or life in the universe.

Our routines can be containers
for our healing and connection
or our routines can be containers
for our wounding and disconnect.

Within the integrity of a braid
I wrap my visions for the world
I imagine possible
twisting them in
with what is.

Because tress exhibit
the kind of love
that the arrogance of reason
has separated us from
I keep seeds in my hands
to remember the role
of personal healing
in collective healing
so I don’t forget
diversity is a form of resilience
and a refusal is also an affirmation.

A tree is not a tree
a tree is a forest
when in doubt
consult the grandmothers.

My prayer is that we can become
comfortable without taking
and learn to be soothed by giving
to replace the void of consumption
with the fortitude of community
to approach the dissonance
with possibility rather than limitation.

I’ll never forget last time I saw Buffalo
he was singing
If you are proud of who you are
you should be out here
dancing around in the circle of life.

Poetry poetry music video

Walking Down Franklin Avenue – TiWakan

TiWakan performs this Friday April 7 at The Cedar Cultural Center with Roma di Luna and the Prairie Fire Lady Choir, a benefit for No DAPL. Here’s a video of my poem “Walking Down Franklin Avenue”, which we shot while I was walking down Franklin Avenue in south Minneapolis last fall.  More videos at our Oyate Hotanin YouTube channel.  Subscribe if you like!


Events & Performances

The Buffalo Show premieres April 25 at BLB Theater!

Exciting News!

Oyate Hotanin & Pangea World Theater present The Buffalo Show, hosted by myself,  Strong Buffalo, Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota, and my trusty sidekick, The Custard Kid – premieres Tuesday April 25 at The Bryant Lake Bowl Theater in Minneapolis.  With special guest videos by Native comedian Tonia Jo Hall aka “Auntie Beachress”, puppeteer & Dakota language artist Redwing Thomas, and a live appearance by Lakota curator Heidi Inman, (Slideshow: In Progress Exhibit “Honoring the Protectors” – No DAPL)  7pm. Tickets $10/ $8 advance, available at Bryant Lake Bowl Theater.  Buffalo Show episodes videotaped for later broadcast on our Oyate Hotanin YouTube Channel.