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By Joseph Bruchac

Seeing photos

of ancestors

a century past


is like looking

at your own

fingerprints—


circles 

and lines

you can’t 

recognize


until someone else

with a stranger’s eye

looks close and says

that’s you.


 


Joseph Bruchac, "Prints" from Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas. Copyright © 2011 by Joseph Bruchac.  Reprinted by permission of Joseph Bruchac.

Source: Sing: Poetry form the Indigenous Americas (University of Arizona Press, 2011)

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Joseph Bruchac
Poet and storyteller Joseph Bruchac was born in Greenfield Center, New York and is the author of more than 120 books for adults and children. In his work, Bruchac explores his Abenaki ancestry and Native American storytelling traditions.

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