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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
Red Cedar Warrior, the collection of poems by S.J. Brito, is very obvious in its depiction of trepidations against Native Americans, in its mourning for the loss of culture and traditions, and its expression of anger. We easily see the obvious signs of Native Americanism in most of the poems included in his book. The warrior could not be anything other than Native American, astride a pony, feathered and painted. There are the drums, the ceremonial life, the peyote prayers, the shamans, and such references. We easily see the images and hear the voices that most let us know of the poet's intent to share with us a Native American viewpoint. And why not? After all, Brito is a proud descendant of Comanches and Tarascans.
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