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Remembering Snowfeather

In Memory of "Snowfeather"
1947-2006

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On June 23, 2006 after a long battle with Leukemia my mother Joyce lost her life and started her westward journey.  She was an inspiration and a guidence to all of us at A.I.I.A. and will be deeply missed.  Born on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in North Dakota, she graduated from Minot State University and moved here in the early 70's with me and my father, Russ. In 1973 my brother Patrick was born and we resided in the Toledo area ever since.  She also leaves behind two grandchildren whom she adored, Olivia and Joseph.  She continues to be a strong influence in our family and in the indian community. 
 
Below is a poem in which she was awarded 2nd place in the "Roots of Diversity Multicultural Arts Show"
 
Walk Beside Me
 
You are the warrior and the hunter and I am the humble power behind the spear who will always guide your shield to defend you.  And you are the sister I met near the stream.  We sat on the rocks facing the morning sun and cleansed our garments together.  When you look into my soul, you will find the existence of a very quiet and gentle spirit.  Listen to my footsteps.  If you hear the sound of refined pebbles falling softly on Mother Earth, it is I.  My spirit can always be found traveling north and south.  I follow Grandfather and travel the red road.  The wind blows strong, but my steps never falter, as the sacred pipe protects me.  Come--Walk beside me.  Together we have the power to change the world.  For I am not your enemy, I am your strength
 
                                           Joyce "Snowfeather" Mahaney
 

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