Finish the story begins with: “The neighbors were not happy about my choice of yard art.”
Then again they were never happy about most things like trimming my edges and pruning the roses.
But it was the erection of the buffalo and memorial to great uncle Henry Twocloud that most upset them.
Uncle Henry had migrated to Australia in 1899 and had brought with him his Potawatomi heritage.
We were in fact the only people in our town who could claim Native American heritage.
Uncle Henry had come to Australia to seek his fortune on the goldfields and had married Mary Cosgrove whose sister was my great grandmother.
I grew up listening to the stories of great Uncle and discovered in recent times the rich heritage he brought with him. I designed the memorial to celebrate my family’s cultural diversity.
My neighbours expect the court case to begin next week and have vowed to pour cold water on my erection.