“What is life?
It is the flash of a firefly in the night.
It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.
It is the little shadow which runs across
the grass and loses itself in the sunset.”
Crowfoot, Blackfoot warrior and orator 1830 - 1890
This mural of Native Americans is on a building in the city of Charlottesville, and I passed it awhile ago. It is huge and stunning. In the second picture you can see cars parked in front of it to give you an idea of the size. It was painted by kids in grades five to twelve. Most people really like it, and the kids put in a lot of hard work. But the city planners are saying this is a historical district and they need to go through a board and ask permission. If it is not allowed, the side of the building will be whitewashed, how much more ugly would THAT be?? This is an amazing encouragement to talented kids everywhere. I think the kids and the board should do the Peace Dance! Below is a bible verse and a Cherokee blessing,
“The natives went out of their way to be friendly to us. The day was rainy and cold and we were already soaked to the bone, but they built a huge bonfire and gathered us around it.”
May the Warm Winds of Heaven
Blow softly upon your house.
May the Great Spirit
Bless all who enter there.
May your Mocassins
Make happy tracks
in many snows,
and may the Rainbow
Always touch your shoulder.