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"We Shall Remain"
Congratulations to Kimberly Guerrero, Johnny Guerrero, Randy Redroad, and LoVina Louie, Coeur d'Alene reservation, for creating "We Shall Remain." The woman's voice in the video is Kimberly's; the man's voice is Johnny's.  I first met them in New York with John Gritts when Kimberly had a lead role in the award-winning Broadway play August: Osage County  (also a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts). Kimberly portrays Wilma Mankiller in The Cherokee Word for Water  (see announcement).
Featured Retreat
Registration is now open for the 8th annual horseback writing retreat at the historic and beautiful Vee Bar Guest Ranch in Wyoming (2 1/2 hrs from Denver).  June 1-6, 2015
Poet Luci Tapahonso recites her poetry at FUZE.SW 2014
FUZE.SW 2014, Food & Folklore Festival.

I first met Luci Tapahonso at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe. Luci also joined my River Writing Journeys for Women a few years ago, when Santa Clara artist Roxanne Swentzell and Rose Simpson were my featured guests.


The poetry of Nobel Prize-winning Pablo Neruda haunts me as I prepare for our Weaving Words & Women 

Ruins at Machu Picchu

retreat in Peru.  


On Day 8, we will walk through the ancient doorways of the Inca city of
Machu Picchu, treading cobblestone walkways and climbing rock steps, peering through open portals into stone brick rooms roofed only by sky.  
Point out to me the rock on which you stumbled wrote Neruda in Canto XII

"From The Heights of Machu Picchu." Strike the old flints to kindle ancient lamps, light up the whips glued to your wounds through the centuries...


Pam Munoz Ryan in her beautifully crafted novel The Dreamer,a tale about young Pablo Neruda, reminds us in her Author's Note that the Chilean poet Neruda wrote to the common person, about common things.  "...look deeply into objects at rest...," he advised, "They exude the touch of man and the earth...." 

On evening of Day 8, we will leave the heights of Machu Picchu and return to our quaint lodge in the ancient town of Ollantaytambo

We will sleep on soft beds beneath the shelter of tiled roofs in the fashion of the Spaniards who conquered the Incas.  Yet, and I must remind myself, the descendants of these ancient peoples are here among us - falling in love, rearing children, growing potatoes on ancient (yet fully alive) garden terraces, spinning yarn in the tradition of their ancestors with wool combed from llamas and alpacas and sheep whose cloven hooves leave real tracks in 21st century earth. As the women sit in the shadows of history, they weave on the looms of their grandmothers, which they will pass down to their daughters.


The featured video We Shall Remain, and the film trailer The Cherokee Word for Water, share a modern message of resilience and dignity founded on ancient traditions.  Produced and starring friends introduced to me by my husband John Gritts. I hope you will take a moment to watch these clips. For even as we sit at our computers, or hold our smart phones, our strength is rooted in the same earth as our ancestors, our eyes seek the same horizons.  I hope you are having a blessed fall.  
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Women Writing the West and The Colorado Cherokee Circle 
bring feature film to Golden, Colorado
A Journey that Transformed a Nation
Mo Brings Plenty and Kimberly Guerrero in The Cherokee Word for Water
Friday, October 17, 2014, 5:00 - 7:30 pm
Screening and Q&A with members of the cast and crew
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