WICASA

Show me a man
With thick braids of balance
With ears pierced of burden.
Show me a man
Wearing a shirt of leadership
Wearing a scalp lock of responsibility.
Show me a man
Who uses his presence humbly
Who uses his mind patiently.
Show me a man
With arrows of protection
With medicine of acceptance.
Show me a man
With a singing voice of love
With a vision of compassion.
Show me a man
With prayers for the people
With sacrifices for creation.
Show me a man
With war paint of wisdom
With rawhide shield of pity.
Show me a man
Who rides a war pony of forgiveness
Who beats a hand drum of hope.
Show me a man
Mature enough to dance alone
Understanding enough to dance together.
Show me a man
Conscious enough to recreate
Tangible enough to guide.
Show me a man
Who encompasses respect.
Show me a man
Who can believe in my spirit.

Lynn Marie Cuny is from the Crow Creek Dakota and Oglala Lakota tribes and graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts with a two-dimensional design associate degree in May 1999. She also graduated from Oglala Lakota College (OLC) in 2004 with an associate degree in Lakota Studies and in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in Lakota Studies. Cuny emphasizes the importance of her education: “I hope to achieve a Master’s Degree in Lakota Leadership & Management from OLC to help my people and [to honor] my grandmother, Doreen.”

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