Modern Indian boys meet General Custer at the principal's office in high school and this time lose the battle.

War dances are held in front of the 7/11 while holding on to a 40 oz. for good luck.

Gang colors are the new traditional regalia as they fight each other instead of the true enemy.

Manhood ceremonies are now called hazings or gang bangs.

Modern Indian boys cut their hair short and wear bandannas around their heads that are now symbols of honor and respect.

Modern Indian boys hunt for best bargains and fly clothes at the mall.

Feathers and animal skins have been replaced by pants and shirts with famous name brands.

They ride horses of steel that pollute the world and do not procreate.

Modern Indian boys learn about recycling as a foreign concept not a traditional value.

Love songs on the flute are sung with a hip hop beat and rhyming slang of the ghetto of the mind.

Modern Indian boys are quickly forgotten just as all Indians have been. Victims of a genocide that they never learned existed.

©2000. Arlington, VA

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Comment by Rixturey on February 10, 2009 at 8:22pm
I wrote this at a time I was working with Barrios Unidos, a group that works to eliminate gangs. It's sad to say that the statistics are grim. I met young men who were rays of hope but had to write down some of the hard truths.
Comment by Caracoli on February 10, 2009 at 8:12pm
Our Taino children are in the same canoa
Comment by adem medina cardona on February 9, 2009 at 10:04pm
very sad loss of culture and self

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