In Memory of Leon Secatero
Grandfather Leon Secatero, Headman, Canoncito Band of Navajo,
SEN Advisor, Passes Sunday, September 28, 2008
We pray to you with our ta'dadiin
To honor you and your lifelong legacy
Your heart is the beating drum that connects us to
our sacred songs
our mother earth
and our father sky.
Your visions resemble a mighty eagle that oversees
the well being of our people.
Your strength is a great bear that keeps us alive
Your wisdom enlightens us like a sacred turtle
that can endure hardships.
Your stories are beautiful rugs that our
grandmothers weave together to instill our Navajo identity.
Your leadership is the spear staff that inspires us to
lead our children to attain an education.
Your gift of knowledge will never be forgotten.
You have given us your prayers of hope among our people,
As we retrace our footsteps... we can someday
reconnect our families to our ancestral homelands.
You have created a beauty way path for us to follow.
This poem is for you, shi'zhe'e
As you continue on with your journey
To be with your mother, those in the spirit world, and our holy ones.
We will miss you.
Si'ah naaghai bik'eh hozhoon
Shawn Secatero (one of Leon's sons)
Click here for Leon's obituary from the Navajo Times.
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