Beautiful Native American Music
North American History is full of Great Warrior Chiefs, commanding huge, fierce armies of men, against invaders from Europe. They fought and died to keep the land of their ancestors sacred and pure.
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Among the most famous Indian Women, (APART FROM CHER)
Is the well known daughter of Chief Powhaten, Pocahontas.
Many pictures from the animated film made on her can be found at:
Pocahontas is a romantic Disney tale, about this beautiful young Algonquin maiden from Virginia and how she fell in love with a handsome English Captain, John Smith.
In the story, she made him see, her people were not savages.
A famous line from the animated movie is where John says:
” Pocahontas, I’d rather die tomorrow than live 100 years without knowing you.”
In the movie John was wounded and left for England to be cured leaving poor Pocahontas behind.
The real Pocahontas (or mischievous one), lived 22 years from 1596 to 1617. Her real name was Mataoka.
She was remembered for saving Captian John Smith and helping to promote peace between the Indians and the colonists.
She married John Rolphe (being told John Smith was dead), converted to Chirstianity and changed her name to Rebecca. Thomas was her one and only child.
When she went to England as Lady Rebecca, she found out John Smith was alive and was not happy being deceived about his death.
John wrote Queen Anne to be nice to her because “her love for them and Christianity might turn to scorn and fury”, which could cost them the New World.
Pocahontas died on her return voyage back to America. It is not known from what ailment, but it is believed it could have been from either small pox, turberculosis or pneumonia. Her statue may be found the the St Georges Church in Gravesend,
Crazy Horse Prayer
Cher and Pocahontas are not the only important Native women
Many tried to show the civilized world how to be civilized.
As we continue to pollute and abuse the land, the land
eventually begins to fight back.
We are now confused.
Who are the savages and who the civilized?
A List of American Indian Women include:
potters, queens princesses, poets,
novelists, musicians, jewelers, medicine women, artists,
basket weavers, Chief Justices, journalists, actresses, etc……
Chief Dan George wrote a poem :
ALL IS FINISHED
I WANTED TO GIVE SOMETHING OF MY PAST TO MY GRANDSON. I TOLD HIM THAT I WOULD SING THE SACRED WOLF SONG OVER HIM. IN MY SONG, I APPLEALED TO THE WOLF TO COME AND PRESIDE OVER US, WHILE I WOULD PERFORM THE WOLF CEREMONY. SO THAT THE BONDAGE BETWEEN MY GRANDSON AND THE WOLF WOULD BE LIFE LONG.
IN MY VOICE WAS THE HOPE THAT CLINGS TO EVERY HEARTBEAT.
IN MY WORDS WERE THE POWERS I INHERITED FROM MY FOREFATHERS.
IN MY CUPPED HANDS LAY A SPRUCE SEED.. THE LINK TO CREATION.
IN MY EYES, SPARKLED LOVE.
AND THE SONG FLOATED ON THE SUN'S RAYS FROM TREE TO TREE. WHEN I HAD ENDED, IT WAS AS IF THE WHOLE WORLD LISTENED WITH US TO HEAR THE WOLF'S REPLY. WE WAITED A LONG TIME BUT NONE CAME. AGAIN I SANG, HUMBLY BUT AS INVITINGLY AS I COULD, UNTIL MY THROAT ACHED AND MY VOICE GAVE OUT.
ALL OF A SUDDEN I REALIZED WHY NO WOLVES HAD HEARD MY SACRED SONG. THERE WERE NONE LEFT!
MY HEART FILLED WITH TEARS. I COULD NO LONGER GIVE MY GRANDSON FAITH IN THE PAST, OUR PAST. I...WEPT IN SILENCE. ALL IS FINISHED!
CHIEF DAN GEORGE SALISH (1899-1981)
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