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Feather Chronicles 2020 Edition The 2020 edition of Feather Chronicles comes in the middle of a year marked by a deadly global pandemic, with the attendant restrictions on schools, and a contentious election at the state and national levels. In such times it’s encouraging to note the creative spirit abides. This edition features creative work from artists and poets new to Feather Chronicles (Tina Driscoll, Wendy Diehlman, Chadrick Toehay, Samantha Shawanokasic, Angelita Rosas, Mallorie Doxtator, Maliyah Fish, and Martina Thomas) alongside beautiful color photography and paintings by an artist previously published here many times, Madona Wilber. It seems fitting we open this edition with the painting, Patience and Perseverance by Tina Driscoll. George Ella Lyon is an author from Kentucky who has published picture books, poetry, juvenile novels, and articles. In 1999 she published a poem called Where I'm From. This issue of Feather Chronicles includes several Where I’m From poems by CMN students modeled after Lyon’s poem. As always, Feather Chronicles thanks our contributing authors and artists. The cover image, Falling Water, is by Madona Wilber. The 2020 edition of Feather Chronicles is published online through the digital publishing platform, Issuu.com. Everything published in the magazine since the first issue is accessible in this one online place, with formatting that features state-of-the-art appearance and paging. Thanks to CMN’s Webmaster, Sue Delrow, for developing this platform for the magazine and for her work formatting and uploading content. Paperback copies in 6-by-9 inches format are available through Amazon.com

Feather Chronicles is produced by College of Menominee Nation students and includes contributed work from students (current, former, and future), CMN staff and faculty, and anyone engaged in the college’s many community activities. Submissions are welcome; please email them to DVickers@menominee.edu. Feather Chronicles content is protected by copyright controlled usually by the original author and in all other cases by Feather Chronicles. U.S. and international copyright laws apply. Content may be reproduced only for personal, non-commercial use. 3|P ag e


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Table of Contents Patience and Perseverance by Tina Driscoll (Painting).............................................................................. 5 Dark Tree by Wendy Diehlmann (Photo) .......................................................................................................... 6 My Sister and Peter Pan by Wendy Diehlmann (Poem) .............................................................................. 7 Autumn Leaves by Madona Wilber (Photo painting) ................................................................................. 9 My Song by Chadrick Toehay (Poem) ..............................................................................................................10 Portrait I by Tina Driscoll (Painting) ..................................................................................................................11 Where I’m From by Samantha Shawanokasic (Poem) ..............................................................................12 Tree Palace by Madona Wilber (Photo) ..........................................................................................................13 Where I’m From by Angelita M. Rosas (Poem) .............................................................................................14 Autumn River by Madona Wilber (Photo)......................................................................................................15 Where I’m From by Mallorie M. Doxtator (Poem) .......................................................................................16 Sunlight Through Trees by Madona Wilber (Photo)..................................................................................17 Where I’m From by Maliyah Fish (Poem) .......................................................................................................18 Strengths of my Ancestors by Madona Wilber (Photo) ............................................................................19 Portrait II by Tina Driscoll (Painting) ................................................................................................................20 Where I’m From by Martina K. Thomas (Poem) ..........................................................................................21 Babbling Brook by Madona Wilber (Photo painting) ................................................................................21 A Spider Knows by Chadrick Toehay (Poem) ................................................................................................23 River Spirit by Madona Wilber (Photo) ............................................................................................................24

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Patience and Perseverance by Tina Driscoll (Painting)

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Dark Tree by Wendy Diehlmann (Photo)

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My Sister and Peter Pan by Wendy Diehlmann (Poem) (For Carol) In a Sunday evening living room in 1959 the glare of light, black and white, fell across my family sitting in the dark watching Mary Martin being Peter Pan. My sister held me, I was nearly five, she, fifteen. Magic took me, in her arms, to Never Land. watch, watch, she whispered. I felt we were there, together. When Pan looked out in desperation through the screen begging the children of the world to clap their hands if they believe, to save poor Tinkerbell quickly, before her light goes out! I wanted to clap, and in the refuge of my sister’s arms I felt almost brave. 7|P ag e


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Almost sixteen, she had grown too old to fly.

She was the older Wendy. But she hugged more tightly, Her pleas grew urgent with Pan’s: Clap! clap! He cried. Clap! Clap! She whispered, she needs to hear you or she’ll die! Shyly, then loud and long I clapped. Tinkerbell’s light grew brighter, Tinkerbell began to fly! Time drew my sister into womanhood, me into adolescence. But on some Sunday afternoons we could be found soaring over high hills, driving country roads, singing Peter’s songs. She was that cheeky boy singing I’ve Gotta Crow And it was her, the wistful girl singing Never Never Land, sprinkling herself, and me, and all our dreams with pixie dust.

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Autumn Leaves by Madona Wilber (Photo painting)

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My Song by Chadrick Toehay (Poem) I always end up here, Not the actual place I am at, Not even where I am mentally. No, Just here, Alone enjoying my solitude. It has been like this the last handfuls of time. To only feel the absolute nothing, Sleepless nights carried into several endless days. Chattering out loud only to my invisible friend, informing him of my angers, my concerns, my sadness, And my death. For I have died, NOT physically, NOT mentally, NOT spiritually, BUT metaphorically and most days Artistically.

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Portrait I by Tina Driscoll (Painting)

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Where I’m From by Samantha Shawanokasic (Poem) I am from a tree palace, from mosquito bite summers and stormy night lights. I am from Mother Nature mood swings, Floating in the tears of her pain and baking in her glow. I am from the knowledge of an unchosen religion, Filled with thoughts that are not mine and stories of untold truth. I am from a quiet house filled with noise, The aroma of baked goods and lemon. I am from the sound of laughter, A noise that eases and forgives. I am from toy chests with unknown magic, From adventures in the bush and counting stars. I am from large gatherings, A never-ending family with lots of love.

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Tree Palace by Madona Wilber (Photo)

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Where I’m From by Angelita M. Rosas (Poem) I am from an old washing machine, (the kind of machine, that used a roller to rinse your clothes.) I am from a dryer, that was made from two or four poles, string, and clothespins. I'm from a windy city, Chicago, Illinois. And I'm from a reservation, fresh air, small population, Keshena, Wisconsin. I am from micro machines, and Gobots, and battles with my older brothers, (over the coolest toys.) I am from small shoes, L.A. Gear, and small boy clothes never dresses! I'm from no Adidas, no Nike, mom couldn't afford the best, she had 6 of us! I'm from here's and there's, lefts and rights, N.W.T.C. and N.A.E.S. I'm from C.M.N., where i think i will finally find, what i been searching for!

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Autumn River by Madona Wilber (Photo)

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Where I’m From by Mallorie M. Doxtator (Poem) Where I'm from I've lived many lives, From the dirt to the trees is where I'll end. I'm from littered streets A creature of all creation on fend, Into a new home, fostering more than ten. Where I'm from, the wind is plenty inconsequently. Where I'll be is beyond me but I am free. Where I'm from, I'm always going. Where I'm going to be me. - Mallorie May

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Sunlight through Trees by Madona Wilber (Photo)

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Where I’m From by Maliyah Fish (Poem) I am from my brothers, sisters, and hundreds of cousins. from dr. pepper, and ribbon skirts. I am from the forest and rivers in my backyard. I am from the cuts, scrapes, and bruises of my childhood adventures. from doritos and Menominee teachings. I am from the strength of my ancestors who came before me.

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Strengths of my Ancestors by Madona Wilber (Photo)

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Portrait II by Tina Driscoll (Painting)

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Where I’m From by Martina K. Thomas (Poem) I am from the valley, we run in the hills I am from the country, we run with the breeze From high cliffs, cold waters, hot summers and starry nights From fields of corn and snakes in the trees I am from choke cherries and crab apples I am from walking sticks and crawdads I am from these moments--snapped before me

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Babbling Brook by Madona Wilber (Photo painting)

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A Spider Knows by Chadrick Toehay (Poem) Have you ever felt the most joy in dangling? The invisible hand dancing you around, Swaying you in all directions, free. Just throw your arms straight to the ground. I dangle here most days in this tree. Waiting for the joy of frantic vibrations, So I can rush to my next piece of meat. It is music to me, like when those humans play their strings. Rushing to not aide my prey but to blanket them, Wrap them and give them a kiss with my sting. Oh do not worry my friend, For that is a mere kind gesture I bring. I could be like those horrible four legged, And have to endure the wailing agony of their meals scream. Who would want to be so savage?

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River Spirit by Madona Wilber (Photo)

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