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The Hidden Fence Break Down

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Matt Baganha

on 19 May 2011

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Transcript of The Hidden Fence Break Down

Once upon a time I was in spaces free
I trod the lane of the rainbow road My identity my own and all the earth and sky my friend in barricaded fences of rescue
submission becoming my prison now slowing to a trickle
my stride becoming a shuffle the feathers hanging limp as I signed the X the spaces are still there for me to follow
in the wide open range
I teach you my culture
I want to teach you about me Let me Rita joe a memberof the mi'kmaq first nation, was born in 1932 on the whycocomagh reserve in cape breton, Nova Scotia. Rita Joe was five years old when her mother died. She then lived in a series of foster homes, and spent four years in a residential school. She began her writing carrer when she was in her late thirties, first by contributing humorous colomns to a Mi'kmaq - language newspaper. Today, Joe is the author numerous books of verse, as well as an autobiography titled "song of Rita Joe: Autobiography of a Mi'Kmaq poet (1996)' . In it she expresses the veiw that her life story is a moral tale in which each difficulty hides a lesson. The Hidden Fence (Break Down) The Hidden Fence Rita Joe Once upon a time I was in spaces free
I trod the lane of the rainbow road
My identity my own
And all the earth and sky my friend.
In barricaded fences of rescue
Submission becoming my prison
Now slowing to a trickle
My stride becoming a shuffle
The feathers hanging limp as I signed the X



The spaces are still there for me to follow
in the wide open range
I teach you my culture
I want to teach you about me



Let me In these first four lines of this poem
the author is discribing the life of the aboriginal culture and how they lifed free and proud, with their own identity. "My identity my own" in these next five lines the author begins to explain life after the Canadians came and fecontrolled the way the aboriginals lived. And took away their freedom , beliefs and their culture. This This took away their indipendence and pride.
"My stride becoming a shuffle" This part of the poem is explaining that the aboriginals
want to group up with the Canadians and work together.
All they wanted to do was to show them i diffrent way of living and survival

"Let Me"
Their not being aggressive or controlling they are just asking for permission to teach a diffrent way of life.
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