The Amah Mutsun Land Trust seeks to advance indigenous stewardship, which stems directly from the sense of ecological knowledge and kinship held within the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band. In her poetry, Elizabeth Rodriguez, age 12, expresses environmental concern as a Mutsun youth.

Rain Forest

Peace and quiet all day long

No sound but rain dripping off leaves

The animals are sleeping

And jaguars are purring

Wake up morning

Our home is almost gone

Cutting down trees

All day long, trees are almost gone,

What are we going to do?

Move to another home?

Now Jaguars

Are purring

And no sound

But the sound of the rain.

First published in Discovered: 2013 Poetry Collection by the America Library of Poetry, reprinted with the author and her parent’s permission. 

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