Wednesday, November 3, 2010

my country 'tis of thy people you're dying

If the white man wants to live in peace with the Indian he can live in peace. There need be no trouble. Treat all men alike. Give them all the same law. Give them all an even chance to live and grow. All men were made by the same Great Spirit Chief. They are all brothers. The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it.
Chief Joseph (1840-1904) humanitarian & peacemaker



buffy sainte-marie performing her song my country 'tis of thy people you're dying on rainbow quest with pete seeger. buffy released this song on her 1966 album little wheel spin and spin, this is a powerful song which presents a stinging indictment of the effects of white man's colonization of north america. listen and weep.



photo: chief leschi olympia, washington. april 2010

3 comments:

tut-tut said...

D went to high school w/Buffy! she was a year or two ahead.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

wow, that is so amazing! i bet she was interesting and remarkable in h.s. given all that she has gone on to do.

tell d when she tours he needs to use that connection for a backstage hugs for the family!

John Hayes said...

Love that song & I love thatalbum, which I have on scratchy old vinyl! It's so moving. Thanks.