Professor: Chris Kennedy
Voices of the Invisible
Debra Calling Thunder is a member of the Northern Arapaho tribe. She lives on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. She makes most of her essays experiences a feeling that will never be forgotten as so, “Voices of the Invisible.” This story may change people’s life. She tells stories of our beginning of how voices been heard.
The air is crowded with words-words that bind us to eternity, that carry the stories
and dreams which are gifts from generations unseen, the songs of victory and
mourning which compel us to seek tomorrow. The people of the sky, the people
of dreams whose voices cannot be bound by pain. (Thunder, D. C., 2008, p. 116).
She speaks about how life was back in the old days, in the days of the buffalo and also when her grandmother was young.
In the essay, “Voices of the Invisible, she explains how does it feel to be invisible, to have a mouth and not been heard. I have never felt invisible, but the sound of it makes you think of what would it be like to be invisible. I was never put in a situation referring as me not being notice because of my ethnicity, class, gender, sexual preference, language, politics, age, or religion. This is why “She tells us the stories of our beginning when the creator above rejoiced and we and many others came to exist, and the circle of our lodges grew large.” (p. 116). She also explains how the history of her culture was told to her, by her grandmother (Cleone Thunder) and ancestors. She uses memories from her grandmother’s stories; she says “Our People roamed the earth, following the great buffalo herds that stormed across the plains, across an expanse of time and dreams.” (p. 116). “The buffalo sang to us, and their song was their life. The buffalo sang to us so that we would grow strong.” (p.116). This was their way how they keep their tradition alive, by listening to the elders stories....