“His eyes are blue, yours are brown”
An Indigenous mother sharing a poem with her daughter on TikTok gives viewers a sense of empowerment and emotion.
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Tia Wood is a singer and TikToker from Vancouver, Canada with 2.3 million followers. Wood is of Cree Plains and Salish ancestry and grew up in Saddle Lake Cree Nation. She uses her platform to educate people about Indigenous history, culture and life.
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In a world where Eurocentric features are sometimes considered the standard of beauty, people with brown eyes can sometimes feel insecure. Wood’s mother recited a 2018 Nadia McGhee poem about a brown-eyed girl and it was so powerful.
The mother groomed Wood’s hair, put on makeup, and decorated Wood with traditional Native badges. While the mother was working, she passed on some wise words to her daughter.
“Her eyes are blue, yours are brown,” the mother said. “His represents the ocean, yours represents the ground. You always hated your eyes and wished they were blue but your eyes have such a rare golden tint, it doesn’t have to be true.
“So yes her eyes are blue and yes your eyes are brown,” she continued. “But your eyes hold back the riches that are buried in the ground. His eyes bear storms and rage like the sea. Your eyes bear earthquakes that bring mountains to their knees. Maybe her eyes are blue, but your eyes reign supreme because they hold the purest riches the world has ever seen.
The video received 31.9 million views on TikTok.
“I’m not worried about my brown eyes anymore,” one user said afterwards.
“This is how you raise someone without bringing down the others,” commented another.
“I love my brown eyes and it made me love them even more,” someone said.
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