Dragonfly Weather

Dragonfly Weather

by Lois Red Elk


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Lois Red Elk writes her poetry from the perspective of a Dakota speaker: her words echo a relative Lakota dialect. In both dialects, the images and blood memory are the same. Her narratives are personal and descriptive of a life lived as a Dakota on the Fort Peck reservation. Memories of her relatives provide words for her poems, which are filled with old wisdom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780988316652
Publisher: Lost Horse Press
Publication date: 12/04/2013
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lois Red Elk is an enrolled member of the Ft. Peck Sioux in Montana. She is on the adjunct faculty at Fort Peck Community College, Montana, and is the author of Our Blood Remembers.

Table of Contents


Ancient Storyteller 1

Dragonfly's Offering 3

Solemnity of Wind 5

Their Prayer for Rain 7

Rewards of the Western Gods 8

Riding Out Our Mortality 9

All Thirst Quenched 11

Hehaka Wakpa 12

River Fog 13

Mother's Water 14

Dragonfly Medicine 15


Living with Monsters 19

Her Kind of Water 20

…numb, but walking 21

The Laughing Magpie 22

Fences 23

The Dead Have Gathered 24

Take Her Hands 25

Fish Butte 26

Twenty Tobacco Ties 28

Bearing Witness 29


Dragonfly Weather 33

Tusweca Wana Hi 35

The Sky Is a Secret Pathway 37

My Granddaughter's Beaded Purse 38

Living Fairytale Book 40

The Round House 41

Silent Life Letting Go 43

Sometimes Odowan 44

The Life of Water Spirits 45

Tah-tey (Wind) 46

Dragonfly Summer 48


Am I a Writer of the West 53

That the Feast May Continue 55

Acknowledge Your Soul 56

Game 58

The Passing of an Elder 59

For Myself 60

Doll without a Face 62

I Keep Needles, Beads 63

The Knife Wearer 64

Saneness and Stones 66

Wiconi 67


I am Related to the Day 71

Grandmother Thanks Water 73

I Play a Drum 74

A Frame of Reference 75

Somewhere Between 77

Sun Sensing Spirit 78

Moon of Change 79

Storms Abated, the Phoenix Sun Acquires 80

Marriage 81

We Wait Near Water 82

Cousin Come with Me 83

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