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Indigenous Goddess Gang

Creating a space for sharing medicine through poetry, food & seed knowledge, herbalism, music and more. This is a space for reclaiming knowledge from an indigenous femme lens. Each month we will honor a different tribe of matriarchs in our fashion shoots. Each month we will continue to grow and share the knowledge of our matriarchs and share that medicine. 

Indigenous Goddess Gang is a space intended for INDIGENOUS people. We've had our land taken from us, we've had our cultures taken from us,  we've had our languages taken from us. This is a step towards reclaiming our knowledge, identity and medicine.  This site is not intended for exploiting or appropriating.  Tread lightly and respectfully. 

Melissa Bennett

Melissa Bennett

Melissa Bennett (Umatilla, Nez Perce, Sac and Fox, Anishinaabe) is a writer, storyteller, storylistener, macondista, educator, spiritual care provider, divinity school survivor, witchy woman, tarot reader, and aspiring beadwork artist living in the Pacific Northwest.

You can find Melissa on Instagram @revmellie 
For more about Melissa’s writing: melbenn.com 
For more about Melissa’s spiritual care practice: womanstoryteller.com

 Trauma                              By Melissa Bennett                          Published with SURVIVANCE: Indigenous Poesis I

Trauma                              By Melissa Bennett                          Published with SURVIVANCE: Indigenous Poesis I

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Melissa Bennett's poetry is featured in the first two issues of Survivance: Indigenous Poesis Zine, a collection of Indigenous poetry published by R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment and which highlights Indigenous narratives in order to heal, inform, empower, and mobilize Indigenous communities. Influenced by the social impact game Survivance, this collection of poetry came together and acts as a bridge between Indigenous tribes from the colonized lands of Canada and the United States of America.

Purchase SURVIVANCE: Indigenous Poesis Survival Pack which includes all three volumes of the compelling and rad work of 16 contemporary Indigenous/First Nations poets including Melissa Bennett HERE.


Liberation
By Melissa Bennett (2017)

The women will hear the ink bleed onto the paper They will hear the words come back to them
Calling

Eetsah
Kahtsa
Mother
Grandmother
Her Mother
And hers
And the ones from before
c’ewc’éewnim
the ones who make us crazy
The women who matter

And once I commit their story,
               that is also my story,
to the page
We’ll have to own it

The husbands we did not love
The lovers we did
The babies we did not want
The ones we did
The ways we were supposed to be women
But couldn’t

Secrets they thought were left in the Blue Mountains
                                          behind the church at Tutuilla
                                          at the mouth of the Columbia
                                          in the cold grey water of the Pacific
will rise up as ash, as fragments of bone, as droplets of blood
and join together to form a cloud
                                        a shape
                                   a figure
one ghost made of many women

And She will stand at the foot of my bed
Waiting for this to finish
Again
Waiting for the release
Again
And I will be responsible for not only my liberation
but Hers.


Indian Hair
By Melissa Bennett

I want antenna hair.
Hair that tells me when you are good,
Hair that tells me when you are bad,
Hair that tells me when to run and when to come close.

I want medicine hair.
I want peyote on my breath hair,
Cedar on my skin hair,
Huckleberry under my fingernails hair.

I want I’m still alive hair.
The kind of hair that brings all the ancestors back home.
I want hair that tells you this land is Indian Land.
That I’m not going nowhere.

I want Standing with Standing Rock hair.
I want prayers for the water hair.
I want Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women back home hair.

I want Blue Mountains hair,
Nch'i-Wana hair.
Grandma survived the crazy hospital hair.

I want hair that says I am beautiful,
I am strong,
I am creative,
I am loved,
I am loving.

I want to dance with this hair,
Write poems with this hair,
See the path made of stars with this hair,
Find my way to my heart
Hair.


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