W A H I N E . K O A
A Tribute to Aunty Ladonna Bravebull Allard “You are woman, you are rock.”
I remember the moment we stood together at your sacred waters. I remember the streaks of pink and orange that sang their sunset melodies across the sky. I remember the ancestors dancing in the distance and I was forever changed. I looked over at you after we offered our songs and waters from Mauna Kea and the Winnemem Spring. Tears filled your eyes and you said, “now I know everything is going to be okay.” I remember the fire that kept us warm under the starry sky as we offered up our songs to the four winds. I remember you telling us that Winter was near and that preparations were already underway. I remember seeing the old ways in you as I looked at the harvested corn resting upon the earth. I remember the moment you got up and danced with the fire as I sang Together We Rise and I saw the words, “Kū Kia‘i Mauna”, on your lips. I remember saying to myself, “now I know everything is going to be okay.” You are strength, courage, beauty, and grace. I learn so much from the powerful way you walk in this world. I’m so deeply grateful we were blessed to spend some time and space with you today. I almost couldn’t believe that we all showed up to New York around the same time. But how could I not believe that such a gift of love would come around when the incredible work my mother, you, my Aunty Chief, and my beloved elders do in this world seems to always bring blessings into my life. I am honored to have walked in ceremony of your lands, Aunty. Thank you for all you do. Thank you for being such a stunning example of hao a pa‘ihi for all of us. Thank you for the strong bond of solidarity you share with my Mother, Pua Case. I look at you two and see my warrior sisters and I years from my now. Love you, Aunty. I will stand with you, always.
I will always stand with Standing Rock.
I will always stand with Sacred Stone.
I will always stand for Sacred Water.