Family Challenge…at the museum

The toys were supposed to play

The museum was shutting down.

They didn’t seem that special

to take on a secret life uptown.

I snapped her picture really quick,

Before we went out the door,

Nameless, faceless

She couldn’t speak to me

Just like an ancestor who had come before.

I chose her for that reason

A secret family past

No one know who she was

Part Cherokee, never wearing Plains dress

passing on the black hair, eyes and short height,

Passing for white

Still evident in family on this night.We’ll never know.  No one kept track.

Lost to history and to shame.

But a little part of her continues to live

Even without a trace of her name.


Anchorage Museum Antique Christmas Toys

Anchorage, Alaska

December 21. 2010


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