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Sand Creek Testimony

From: The Missouri Review
Volume 36, Number 4, 2013
p. 54 | 10.1353/mis.2013.0104

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George Bent, Tsistsistas (Southern Cheyenne)
1864

I heard Black Kettle call the people: Do not fear;
the soldiers will not hurt you. He held a large American
flag on a pole at his lodge. Then the troops opened fire—

cannons, rifles—drunken yells of soldiers slicing ears,
scalps, private parts from the bodies of our women.
Some stretched skin like blankets over saddles. Do not fear

Greenwood had told us at the treaty signing. Live here
on this (1/13th of this) land we give you. Americans—
if you raise a flag on a pole—will know to not open fire,

will know that you’re peaceful. That day, our best warriors
had ridden west to hunt bison. The brains of our women
knocked out with rocks, children wailing in fear

as cannon fire surged and thundered floods over
our fields. These were Chivington’s orders. Americans,
yes, waved fetuses, genitalia like flags in that fire;

they murdered without reason or warning—here
on the land we were promised. They cut women
to strips like red stripes on that flag that calls fear
to all hearts now—waving as the troops opened fire.

Alexandra Teague  

Alexandra Teague is the author of Mortal Geography (Persea, 2010), winner of the 2009 Lexi Rudnitsky Prize and the 2010 California Book Award, and of The Wise and Foolish Builders (Persea, 2015). A previous NEA and Stegner Fellow, she is assistant professor of poetry at the University of Idaho and an editor for Broadsided Press.

Copyright © 2013 The Curators of the University of Missouri
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Alexandra Teague. "Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, and: Repeater, and: Sand Creek Testimony, and: Sarah Winchester Reads Great Expectations, and: My Mother Reads to Her Daughters: Great Expectations." The Missouri Review 36.4 (2013): 51-57. Project MUSE. Web. 22 Jul. 2014. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Teague, A.(2013). Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, and: Repeater, and: Sand Creek Testimony, and: Sarah Winchester Reads Great Expectations, and: My Mother Reads to Her Daughters: Great Expectations. The Missouri Review 36(4), 51-57. University of Missouri. Retrieved July 22, 2014, from Project MUSE database.
Alexandra Teague. "Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, and: Repeater, and: Sand Creek Testimony, and: Sarah Winchester Reads Great Expectations, and: My Mother Reads to Her Daughters: Great Expectations." The Missouri Review 36, no. 4 (2013): 51-57. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed July 22, 2014).
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