This story does not come because of someone I’ve met personally. But I recently read his story in a ONE Spirit newsletter and felt I wanted to share it with you. I love this story because it shows the strength that the human spirit can have, it shows that anyone can inspire us to be better and it shows the value of native culture.
This story is about an 11 year old boy named Cody who was born of mixed heritage – African, European and First Nation Iroquois. His mother and grandmother have raised him in his Native American tradition.
Cody could not sit or crawl at 1 year old. He was carried by his mother or grandmother.
As he grew older, he would walk on his knees, holding the hands of his mother and grandmother.
At age 5, Cody was able to use a walker and could enter the dance circle without assistance.
Last year, Cody decided to put aside his walker. He falls often, but always rises the assistance of a warrior Uncle who dances with him in the circle. There is a saying, whose author escapes me at the moment, which says that failure is not when we fall in life but when we do not get up again. I think Cody is a great success already at 11 years old because he seems to understand that concept. He is already a warrior in his heart.
As evidence of his warrior spirit, Cody has been moved to give what he can for others. He dances for those who cannot dance.
When he heard about the teen suicide, poverty and lack of heard in Pine Ridge, he realized that he was fortunate — he had food, warmth, love. He was determined to help somehow.
Cody began to sell his poems for donations that would go to ONE Spirit. I want to share one of those poems with you. It’s beauty reflects a wisdom far beyond this young man’s 11 years.
A warrior is a warrior because of his heart, not his strength.
Cody is a warrior.