Turtle rabbit

Turtle rabbit





We counted roadkill on the Oklahoma roads. An armadillo lay belly-up, with only the curve of its shell terra-bound.

As we passed the armadillo a bald eagle circled ahead, making slow moons above the armored animal the Aztecs call turtle rabbit.

I saw the eagle in the rear-view mirror drawing down upon its prey.

Good omen.

3 November Native American Heritage Month

Drawing by Julianne Snider at


About Cynthia Coleman Emery

Professor and researcher at Portland State University who studies science communication, particularly issues that impact American Indians. Dr. Coleman is an enrolled citizen of the Osage Nation.
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