Renee Sans Souci

Renee Sans Souci, a member of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, is currently a Teaching Artist in residence at Umo^ho^ Nation Public School through the Nebraska Arts Council Teaching Artist Roster: Artists in Schools and Communities. She is listed on the Iowa Arts Council Poetry Out Loud Poets Roster, and is formerly a Teaching Artist with the LIED Center for Performing Arts in partnership with the Kennedy Center.

As an educator, she is designing a language survival school, Path of the Sun, based on Native philosophy and worldviews. Her hope is that students' learning will be enhanced through the teachings of the tribal circle and that they will gain a fuller understanding of their relationship to the Earth and Sky. She is available to present on topics related to Indian Education and Decolonization, Native Cultural Issues, Native Science, and Storytelling.


The Star Lodge

I cannot help but feel
Each time I stand
Beneath the Stars
On this hill

It's like being in
The midst of a lodge
Which encompasses
the Universe... Infinitely
Extending in every direction

Each Star has a place
In this lodge in the Sky
They dance in time
With our hearts on Earth
Like mirrors encapsulating
Our Spirits unending

We are the Stars
And they are us
Inseparable as the Earth and Sky
Scintillating starlight rushes
Through our veins
Like molten rock.
As we dance for life.

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