Saskatchewan Indians Were Dancing

60s pulled us from starvation into government jobs

antiquated Indians in Saskatchewan danced for rain

Manitoba Indian doings were hidden for a jealous me

all I had was a 50s rock'n'roll step to copy from 

not shy you danced for strangers from deep defiance

full regalia hid other dangerous rope dancing kicks

Crees got out of line on the scaffold teaching Cree

readiness to enter the earth at the exact spot left

following a song trail maybe even a we want a chant

chant after teasing hey boy you first boy first one

dancing in the air show them how to teach us lesson

a public display of rationed revenge serves nothing

show example to culture clashed passive politicians

Crees hit them notes higher boys cover up ear drums

let other drums beat out natural powwow exhibitions

boys in the pen idle for a time listen up flag song

Cree hit parade will release some traditional lives

dancing not allowed behind bars then songs bring us

back to good times Saskatchewan Indians danced free

Bibliographical info

Annharte, "Saskatchewan Indians Were Dancing" from Exercises in Lip Pointing. Copyright © 2003 by New Star Books. Reprinted by permission of the publisher. Source: An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature in English, 4th ed. (Oxford University Press, 2013)

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