12-06-19 Music Maker: The Unsustainable Sessions by Klee Benally


welcome continued of America. Calling from studio forty nine in Albuquerque. I'm Tara gatewood today. We bring you indigenous Acoustic Agitation for liberation ration- from DNA recording artists. Cleveland Ali Sui against US I Lucia our kitchen. These sounds are from his new album. The unsustainable double sessions. It's his hope that his sonic art will help people into action right after national native news. We'll hear more and we promise reformist. This is national native news. Megan cameras infrared. Tony Gonzales the president of the Navajo Nation signed an agreement. This week to fund scholarships for Navajo Law Students at the University of Arizona Gibson from Arizona public media reports the president of the Navajo Nation signed an agreement. Tuesday morning with the University of Arizona to fund scholarships for Navajo Law Students. The memorandum of agreement between the groups created up to ten match scholarships that the James e Rogers college flaw hopes will be available by Spring Twenty Twenty Navajo nation president. Jonathan Nez spoke to a group after the signing about how important it is to invest in in yourself your family and your community. That's why our parents and grandparents go get an education the push us and what did they they say after that. Come home right and help your people. NEZ Deputy Chief of Staff Milton Blue House. Junior also says the nation is considering establishing its own. DNA Law School University signed a similar agreement between the Navajo Nation and the UA College of Medicine in Twenty Sixteen. That was Emma Gibson from Arizona Public Media in North Carolina. Education leaders failed to approve a native American Charter School that wanted to servant people living in Robeson county the Raleigh News and observer reports the State Board of Education approved just one five charter schools that applied last July to open next next year board chair. Amy White said the denial was not because of old mainstream schools curriculum which would have been based on red pedagogy. That's an approach popularized used by professors sandy `Grande and focuses on the experience of native Americans but board member. James Ford defended the Charter School and said the denial was based on the curriculums curriculums portrayal of American history. The advisory board initially recommended approving old man's application in October but the application was sent back to the State Board of Education Asian for more consideration the advisory board subsequently voted unanimously to reject the charter school's Application one advisory board member raised concerns that the schools proposed I focus was divisive and did not focus on quote. The greatness of America officials said old mainstream should consider replying next year. A New statue unveiled in spokane Washington. This week pays tribute to a fish. That's considered an important cultural resource for tribes in the area. Steve Jackson reports from Spokane. The statue is of of a red band trout native fish of the Spokane River sponsors. The project included this city of Spokane Spokane Indians baseball team. TC Energy Spokane can tribe and the Spokane River for Casey Flanagan is a fish project manager for the Spokane tribe. So just me being a fish biologist. I'm I'm very excited about this process and this education and outreach component 'cause I feel like they are a fish species that isn't talked about much in this area. Where are we also relate them commonly rainbow trout? Even though they're different subspecies spokane and Colville confederated tribes. Consider the red band to be an important native species. He's and it is still actively fished in the area. An interpretive display featuring information on the red bound trout will be put in place by the statue next spring for National Native News News. ABC's Jackson reporting from Spokane this weekend. A new permanent exhibit space opens at the Minnesota History Center in Saint Paul focused on native Americans. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Gibb Way and Dakota histories are the basis for our home native Minnesota the space will also have additional rotating shows Katie bean gene. Who is Flanders Santee Dakota Muskogee Creek? Is Director of native American initiatives with the Minnesota Historical Society. She said the goal is for visitors to understand how oh native Americans are not just surviving but thriving the historical society worked with Dakota. No Chippewa communities to develop our home for National Native News. I'm I'm making camera. National Native News is produced by Colonic Broadcast Corporation with funding by the corporation for public broadcasting support by Perry EDGE DOT DOT COM. Where you'll find a variety of buffalo items like ropes skulls rattles and drums serving the native American community for over thirty six years located in rapid rapid city or online at prairie edge? Dot Com won't be lot support by Freedom Lodge inviting you to join the historical trauma masterclass. Twenty Twenty Twenty to provide cure and lighten the load for the next seven generations. No charge for tribal members. Registration is March second information at Freedom Lodge Dot dot org native voice one the native American radio network. This is native America calling. I'm your host. Tara Gate. Would in moment in these moments catching her breath. County scars boots on her neck. Have feet so we break them. We'll keep pushing until it breaks These are lyrics from the song when banners become shields off the recording artists Cleveland. Ali's latest album be unsustainable sessions. It's and this song along with many other. Compositions are meant to get to the heart of the issues that indigenous people are facing and exactly what they can do about it. Exactly push back and we'll hear more about The lyrics and the different songs but also Waikele Benali a has released nice to these different Books on life and you are also invited to join us to. We'll be giving away ten copies of his album. All you gotTa to do is Dial in and share your thoughts on air to get one. Our phone lines are open. Now if you'd like to join us one eight hundred nine six two eight. Four eight is the number and right. Now we're going to go do thanks Arizona to say hello to Cleveland Ali WHO JOINS US today? Include feel free to further introduce yourself yet have been eh greetings. It's great to be here. I'm very honored to be invited back onto your show a shade. Cle- Dawson twenty cheat. Nisha boss Chee Knocker the Nationalist Shinzo Abe Eighth Achie- auto eighth achieved should shea. I'm originally from gene or Black Mesa on the dinette or Navajo Navajo nation. And currently I resided conflicted or flagstaff. In on my father's side my father's Jones Ben Ali originally from Black Mesa. He's in Born for bitter water my mother's side him Russian Polish and she's just a radical rabble rousers. That's who I am right on. Well clearly we know your voice on this program for different reasons and many times You have talked about standing for the Lynn standing for indigenous rights And there's a lot there's a lot to be said there's a lot of action to be taken when it comes to protecting what is secretly communities and You put out this albumin. It's almost a reminder to yourself of some of the creativity that houses in your heart In what it means to turn to art to also bring as you say agitation for liberation. Tell me more about that. I think you just set it all. I think. The show's over now. You you know that is the point I woke up Actually back in two thousand eleven thousand twelve when Arizona Snowball which is a ski resort operating on the Holy San Francisco peaks located here northern Arizona. Which is a mountain held sacred by thirteen indigenous nations? And we've covered this this issue on the show but for those of you who don't know about this history and ongoing legacy of this fight to stop the desecration of Sacred Mountain. Ski Resort was permitted permitted by the city of flagstaff by the US Forest Service who manages the mountain is public lands to expand development clear-cut hundreds and hundreds of old growth trees but the primary conflict was over there proposal to defy mother nature in the face of global warming. Because you know who who thinks of skiing Arizona first of all and we do get snow here but their whole point was to build a pipeline fourteen point eight miles else from the city of flagstaff to pump one hundred eighty million gallons of treated sewage onto the mountain for snow making so that they could be open for a consistent season and so At that point I had been touring with the band. Black fire for almost thirty years. And we'd been touring about eighty percent of the year and so I was on stages internationally different places talking about these issues singing songs about these issues and nobody really was at home organizing being you know on the ground especially when the bulldozers starting when the court cases failed when the politicians alternate back on us it came down to you. What's going to stop these bulldozers guitars going to do it so I put the guitar down? Literally and took up. Direct Action found myself locking down in Helping Ping to stop bulldozers physically from desecrating the sacred lands and this is still an ongoing fight and so for me. Music is a powerful talk to communicate to convey. And you know I stated this before but you know so so long as we are fighting for justice art should move. I I truly believe art should help move people into action and so you know any songs that I write anything that I put out there Especially from our cultures dinette. People we we call our healers tostes chantiers in so we use song as a prayer to heal to transform a condition from one state to into a better harmonious state and so not that. I think that these songs are you know prayers in that way but they have intention to address the challenges that we face as the despair that we face the overwhelming sadness. Sometimes that we face when we see these things happen to say yes we have to do something about it and that's to me it's not really about Hope it's about understanding that we are hope we are the answers prayers when we take action in this really important in through the music you have. You've hit home with that on so many levels in let's go ahead and give them some of it. This is over the edge reverence off of the album. Be Unsustainable Steen -able sessions by Cleveland Ali December music maker Uh Uh uh mm-hmm Each show you know. It's best to make any plans crash. Slim and again this eh Eh. See Future came in and and we want to hear what this sound on means to you especially on this day especially during these times. It is our December music maker here on native America calling and Cleveland. Ali is artists. Were featuring you can talk to him directly by dialing one eight hundred nine nine six to eight point Ovau. There's a chance to disavow. So how for the age action saw win and we are seeing action. Saw Prayers win on Shoes in a Eh Hughes Chalice a Ah me this core the shadow lord else bring justice taste grow her skin. Bring Josten Astute swear bullet saw lots to you. Serve our Hauser's to action saw cruise when we live you've seen actions. Operators actions offers were actually top repairs. there you have it the latest from Cleveland Ali here with us today at one. Eight hundred nine nine. Six two eight four eight cle- I hear your passion in Talk to me about that song which is heard there's a lot going on Part of it is actually this response in reflection of some of the challenges that folks taking direct action at places like standing rock which is a fight to protect sacred lands dance and water In the struggle to protect the San Francisco peaks in a range of other struggles. Amonte for Monica and beyond where you know we we seem to have this dissonance dissonance. This discordance in One in this cultural battles won you know dominant social believe. Leave that These sites can be desecrated and done away with so there's this Lack of reverence Then and recognizing that when we take action or actions can be our prayers and so at some points when we are in the struggle to protect the San Francisco peaks. You know we had what we saw at standing rock where there was people who said Oh go back to camp. Oh you know this is. This is too extreme. You know we can't do this you know or or Only you shouldn't be locking down or being you know risking arrest of this places including when people started taking this kind of you. I wonder what changes hang tight. We'll be back. The operation lady. Justice is the name of a new Task Force established by President Donald Trump and it's the administration's nations plan to tackle the issue of missing murdered indigenous women and girls. Well many applaud. The effort will be enough to address the pervasive crisis. 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This December we invited glebe Manali you to share his new album with us the unsustainable sessions and we're also inviting you to dial in you can reach us at one eight hundred nine six two eight four eight eat and we have ten copies of this album to share with you all you gotTa do again. Dial in share your thoughts on air one eight hundred nine six two eight four eight. It is the number clear here. He joins US stay out of Flagstaff Arizona and clean. You're telling us more about over the edge in reverence in what it means to new actions as per here go ahead. I guess the main point is about this conflict that we face with folks who have the sort of liberal mindset of pacifying lying indigenous radical resistance. In when you know just recently we celebrated fifty years of the Alcatraz occupation or takeover and without without that kind of action. We wouldn't be where we are two day. You know recognizing that it wasn't until nineteen seventy eight with the passage of the American religious freedom. ACT that our our religious beliefs were still criminalised. They were outlawed and so without those kinds of extreme struggles. We wouldn't be where we are in so you know folks trying into like pull in the reins sometimes we have to recognize the spirit of the youth in that passion is very powerful and you know the main point is that if we live our lives in accordance with our beliefs then every action is a prayer So we carry our medicine with us because we are healers. We're not activists you know we we you know. That's sort of break. Between people saying were water predictors Orlando Defenders Land Protectors and so forth like. Yeah we have a different understanding it more sacred duties to maintain that harmonious relationship with mother Earth and insure that there's balanced for future generations in. There's another song on the album that even talks about this movement and not necessarily one movement together but when there are actions taken then what happens next after the fire in talk to us. How you address this? That's a complicated question You know it really is a conversation that I want to stimulate. 'cause you know in that song particular particular was a reflection of some of the challenges at standing rock standing rock was an amazing cultural and social success but it was a strategic failure Because it didn't stop the pipeline it precipitated a movement that has helped to address that machinery. But you know part of the challenge is actually looking at what are the what are the underlying forces sources. The root causes you know the underlying types of machinery or technologies settler colonialism capitalism Hetero Patriarchy and so afford that are in white supremacy that are maintaining that system in perpetuating that violence and destruction against mother earth and so after the fire service actually looks at the ways that some of the nonprofits were predatory in exploited that struggle. It also looks at the way that you know one of the lines I have in there is why cut the hand pulling back the bow when the Arrow has not yet. Yeah let go. There was a lot of criminalization In Red Warrior camp was vilified for a lot of action set. They took but it was really powerful. Oh you know this militant stance that was necessary at the time and I think we need to explore and have deeper dialogue about strategies and tactics that lookit get ways that we are accountable to our ancestors and the future generations especially if we look at global warming is the greatest crisis facing humanity in people. Say we only have a decade to come to terms with finding solutions. To prevent you know an apocalyptic reality but we as indigenous people know apocalypse we've lived through many of them and we could call that settler colonialism. We'd call that Eko side and we have survived through that. So what are the ways that we can do Continue as healers to share that message with the rest of the world to bring that balance and that's part of that challenge will think Kuechley. Thank you for being with us and you know what I gotta call her. Would like to talk directly with you again if you WANNA chat with clean one eight hundred nine nine six. Two four eight is the number. Let's also give one all of these albums way. We're going to do it by saying hi to Marian who is here in Albuquerque. New Mexico tuned in on K. U. M.. Thanks for giving us a ring. Marian you're on Good morning and thank you for letting me get on the air. I met at a new killer conference in Albuquerque. McKie and I was so pleased by his presentation. I hope that you were able to display that again to more people can see it almost a virtual reality but I wanNA welcome you back to the music. World I would love to hear your now music and I just you know. Oh congratulations no you and your sister are really great. So thank you Marian. Great ear from you. Que- anything you want to tell her. Yeah that was a great conference organized by the Amazing Leona Morgan. She's with the no nukes powerful anti-nuke activists it. It was called the dismantling. The nuclear beason had made this. I'm an artist too for those of you. Don't know and filmmaker I made a three virtual array. I guess a three hundred hundred sixty degree virtual reality documentary experimental film about uranium issues and I organized with the organization called Hall no and Clean Up the minds to address nuclear colonialism in our communities. So there's a lot of other things I do. Aside from music. Music is just one of those things that is very cathartic and healing for me. But thank you for for that welcoming. Indeed Marian thank you for your call again. Phone lines are open. One eight hundred nine nine six two eight. Four eight is a number and you do you do. Cover a lot of ground in this album the song Talking about You know Children Children Who are affected by border issues? Tell me about why you want to make sure this cut on this album the song hands on the barbed wire. I think some of Y'all might her part of the clip of in that break addresses border issues right now with extreme fascism that we face which is in some ways nothing new US policy Against Migrant Communities in the militarization of the border has been ongoing for many years regardless of. Who's been in the offices of Washington and so It's critical because it's a it's a pressing issue that's happening now and there's something that we can do about it And that takes a lot of creativity vity in challenges and there are people who are struggling right now. and so-called border communities whether it's awesome folks whether it's feely rebus autumn awesome voice against the wall whether it's the autumn anti border collective There's folks in so called El Paso as well who've been organizing very fiercely To address this crisis when we have children locked in cages overcrowded Suffering inhuman conditions on that basis. Then and what does that. Say to us as a society What are our responsibilities and obligations to end that suffering in so you know the lyrics address address that but it also connects it to the struggles that we continue to face with the divisions of of land the mini apartheid's that we face whether it's forced relocation up in big mountain? How in the borders artificial borders that were put to divide our peoples there and beyond including a lot of these songs? Listener gets the message edge. What role are you going to play? was that intentional. This album is a call for action. in many ways it's more of a conversation to console those in action or who are traumatized by the state of the world. You know anyone who feels hopeless. Perhaps connect with these sentiments. So the primary question of this album is what we do. We find Our power to be able to push beyond despair to be able to do something about it and take action and I think that that's as I stated before you know my sort of primary manifesto is an artist. recognizes that music is not enough like we need direct ineffective active actions essential if desire healthy and sustainable existences And that's part of what and why I do what I do. A- An artist as a musician in its organiser. You know what let's go and give him some more clear we have. She was a mountain ready to roll. Tells a little bit about it. This this is actually talking about force. Location Big Mountain Black Mesa area you know we just celebrated the closure of the Navajo Generating Station which was a great eight environmental justice success and a justice for indigenous folks who've been suffering the health impacts from Colt the generating station up there but also the closer the peabody coal mines. which really is a big sort of geopolitical? Mesh machination behind the so-called Navajo be land dispute. And that's what this song talks about. So you can listen to the lyrics and it's sort of an honoring of the elder matriarchs in net struggle. Who stood up at one point and said No? We're not GONNA move. We're going to stay on our land because this is who we are. This is how we have been in existence since time immemorial and we're GONNA fight for that here we go another one off of the unsustainable sessions by Clea Benali and was Shooter KNITS Jeez being the son owner. uh-huh through the side show in. We're knew she was American. Comb is so stearns every eh with a CD player in the current mover Shatner in I I there's this is. She was a mountain by CLEA. Bonaly end you heard some names in there. We'll find out a little bit more about each of these names and what they mean for standing foresake complete sits banalities with us. The artists were featuring this December. Join us to at one. Eight hundred nine six two four eight shaft adult sea. Aw two. The Cleveland Ali is here with us. The voice you just heard again if you WANNA join us one eight hundred nine nine six two eight four eight is the number and I definitely wanted to leave space base for the wind at the end because that is another important thing you're paying homage to In that song in clear we heard some names There there tell us the stories. Yeah it will Catherine Smith was a powerful matriarch who helped to initiate the resistance of a big mountain against for forced relocation There's a famous image of her whole gun. You know she got a revolver and said No. You're you're not gonNA move me. And that was part of her desperation powerful act defines Roberta blackout You know I say Roberta. Sing your song in. Roberta was one of my grandmothers and she Tirelessly traveled internationally to advocate for indigenous rights against relocation but you know as part of that voice for mother Earth talking about how coal is deliver of earth and we need to keep her in the ground to ensure that we maintain balance with all of creation. And she always held a sign. That said the Creator is the only one who's going to relocate me But I you know. I traveled with her here in there and she had very quiet voice towards the end as she got up in her elders but her voice was so powerful that anytime she she spoke everybody. Would you know everything would just go silent and everybody would listen. is really powerful songs that she carried forward Pauline white singer you another matriarch. Who's part of that resistance And that strong defiance saying you know this all these laws these man made laws can't move us. We have the laws of the Creator that we live by and this is what we are accountable to because duties and responsibilities to maintain our ways of life for future generations is is part of that covenant that we have with creation and may so I mentioned I also mentioned Alice. Finale there's so many matriarchs eight yards That I could have mentioned here but I wanted to talk about that. Spirit you know and help you know. that powerful active defiance you know is what has kept this resistance and this is over forty years of these elders In their families now who have carried this legacy resisting The so-called great superpower in the world the US government all its laws and might and they still maintain their traditional ways of life. Living on the land in the most powerful resistance are maintaining who they are. And that's amazing this. They're not expert. Activists Paid By some nonprofit profit organization. you know. They're they are responding to a call from our ancestors for future generations of that responsibility. And that's what this song long is about. It's as reflecting on that and saying. Hey we have that responsibility to keep that fire as well And that that wind afterwards you know pauline white singer said that There's no word for relocation in our language to be relocated means to disappear and never be seen again. And that's something that we can't Louis include putting these names in this song you are you know carrying them on all as long as the song is Sung. As long as it's it's played their story will constantly be remembered or their names will be said in in for you. What does that mean I? I don't have any illusions that Asong will be as instructive or effective as a political manifesto But this kind of art can help build cultures of resistance in movement movement and maintain that memory Because you know if those I think that quotas really powerful those who don't remember the past are condemned to repeat it That's the reality that we face in I. I like to think that in some ways like this kind of music helps to carry on the traditions of folks like flood wreck Western or Peter Lafarge or buffy Sainte Marie indigenous folksinger and songwriter of the nineteen sixties like resistance movements who helped helped to ensure that narrative was what shaped the understandings of indigenous resistant and sped also empowered. Our people spoke to you know. What are those challenges that we face? In what ways have people overcome those in. How can they be celebrated? So that's a big part of it for me. Well thank you for sharing. And we're we're GONNA continue with our conversation here But if you'd like to join us were curious. What are you thinking about hearing this? Maybe questions you have for Glee MM in putting some of this too in down in another form And what happens when you do feed your fist excite call us now support by freedom lodge providing healing for seven generations offering a one of a kind two hundred our historical trauma masterclass beginning in May twenty twenty on the oneida nation in in Wisconsin for professional counselors therapists social workers and educators. There's no charge for tribal members. Now you can imagine an end to generations Suffering and the future of native wellness registration deadline is March second information and registration at Freedom Lodge Dot Org Cosby Yasha. A young non non non non not on the bit than a signal not on the bit. Then Eh Nessin. Your Nana Yon Mandate Young young young young non nine. Knit your non-it non-it on long. Is this in go. So you're not numb. I net on A job by this goal yeon none none it on your own yet. This send goal your none. Nitzan Tong. Non Aung Yang. None it on a on on your non. It knits on your non it on non it on your knits. Aung among young non it's non it on I'm Tara Gatewood in your connected to native America calling with us today is DNA artists musician. Also filmmaker and indigenous anarchists. He's here with us today. Clear Benali originally from Black Mesa and he has worked all of his life And many times is at the front lines to protect indigenous sacred lens among many other things our pleasure to have him here. We're featuring his latest album the unsustainable sessions which he is also also Giving copies away to those who call in and You know what cleave thanks for being here. Let's give another one of these albums away. We're going to say hi to Melvyn in Santini. The Anti Nebraska tuned in on Casey y Que Melvin. Thanks for giving us a ringo. You're connected to cle- yes good morning and it was could you hear about the team's history and being involved in all these are active is in Some Santee we had John to sales who started out in activism and then went into poetry and acting in many of the different arts got involved in and it just seems like when these just leads into the other thing as you move into not only activism but getting word out you find ways. I think it's just great that something. I can use their artistic abilities. Some people can draw or create things. And AH I get sick. It's good to hear that we got other men out there doing and women. Do we fix like this. I Agree Melvin. Great to hear your the voice there in santee clean anything. You don't tell Melvin. Yeah Dontrelle very powerful poet and organiser agitator tator And I think one of those many voices that we all celebrate you know one time. He said he doesn't believe in hope in. It was a very provocative statement and because I was like well. Does that mean. You don't believe in hopelessness. What does that say for indigenous youth? Who feel that? They're in such despair in our communities but it was a provocation. It was something that he wanted to say. He was very provocative artists That wanted to challenge people and I think that was really powerful. You know Because it forced me to explore what do I mean by hope you know. What do I mean by hopelessness? And that's in many ways. The whole point of this album is to say you know like in times of if such despair when we're facing such intense issues you know what is our response. What ways can we go beyond that? And I think you know Joan Baez sexy has this Quote it some action is the antidote for despair and I live my life by that quote really in a so. I think there are powerful things that artists this can contribute And that's part of our responsibility in these very challenging times. Thank you thank you and artists there. You go your time to call in to one eight hundred nine six two eight four eight. Let's say hi now. demonte who was in Gallup New Mexico tuned in on key GOP. Monte thank you for giving us a ring go ahead. You're on here. Well I'm I'm getting frequent Flyer Tara but it's okay it's all good or your program's program's really great. And today's program is just really special to me. I don't know a lot about names in in in native American country but I haven't heard of Clea as the name I know the name. Ko e as the last name of Paul Klee it was a fantastic artist in the bow house movement but I haven't heard the name used before is a first name for a native American in any tribe but but that doesn't mean much 'cause I don't know a lot about the different tribes but anyway I'm really enjoying what you have to I say I think it's very valuable and I do value. What you the quote you told us about from Joan Baez? She's a wonderful lady and she has done a lot to contribute to our attempts at improving our society to her music and And I love your music I just wanted. I just say that all right Monty cly you're connected to Montego hit. Thank you really appreciate that you know and I think just going back to what you said. The beginning Y- I'm Tara is amazing. We need to celebrate tear more so we should have a charity. That's coming up December twenty fourth. Thank you yeah I really appreciate it and my first named really name that came to my mom a dream you know so they kept me at the hospital for. I think four days or so and I didn't have a name and all my and he's wanted me all these crazy names and then finally that name came. That was it so there's no wild meaning behind it. Well you have certainly put a lot of meaning to it with the many things that you have done in in you know when when we hear the different things that you are bringing us awareness to Always know that we're going to learn maybe details that are are being covered up or details that people are really afraid of getting You know out there in the open and your name means a lot que- great to have you on the line with us and you know what there is a song that is just so interesting in the way you construct it and what happens with with the lyrics what happens with your own voice as it changes through. This next song is really interesting. What are you going to say about? An Elegy for broken can windows before we say that I like part of my challenge in organizing is not but people pedestals so I appreciate the last caller and your. There's your statements about me and my name But this is something anybody can do like. I recorded this album with like a cheap mike on a computer you know and I think like we are are amazing vibrant creative forces in this world and we all have gifts and something to offer anything that the more we recognize that we can apply that And deconstruct this idea of like you know this sort of idolization or cults personality and all that like I think we can democratize that power power and energy to build and bring all of our people up so I started to say that but yes an elegy for broken windows. is a song and in this sort of it gets into the whole like theme of the Song In his about hope the whole theme of the album. It's about hope despair and I mentioned before I always felt discomfort with the notion notion of hope is a concept And it sometimes clung to in a way that actually maintains spare not interested really in being a maintenance person for despair But looking at the concrete ways in actions that we can take to meaningfully address the changes that you know we need in our daily lives and so you know this it really is You know we can can look at history or what dominant society tells us is our history as one big window or Lens and so the historic narratives and their underlying assumptions shape our identities for example. You you can't desecrate a sacred site or even have such extreme violence against indigenous woman and without the dehumanization of indigenous peoples first so when anyone is viewed or portrayed as less than human than they become exploitable and the violence against them. You know whether it's their against their beliefs to their bodies becomes accepted or normalized and this is why you know folks like Amanda Black Horse and many others working to stop racist mascots. Their work is really critical and important And how it's connected to our larger struggles for justice for the land and all being so you know how the stories are frame to tell. The story is important to understand. This is what we call media literacy and Media Justice and organized youth before an project at your backpack media And that's why it's important tool for them. But you know this. This song gets into this idea of that breaking a window Not maintaining it did or whitewashing a red washing it or reforming it but actually smashing that dominant way of seeing or Living in this world that perpetuates systems. Violence wants against the land in all beings is a critical component for liberation. So you know to me. This isn't just a battle of narratives battle of power otherwise we'd have justice when indigenous peoples days are declared or when Cantata Columbus statutes that are taken down those are components of addressing this lens or this window do we see the world But I can only take us so far. You know. There's this whole concept when you listen to the song there's this concept of the broken windows theory you might have heard about it. Basically you know it's sort of this belief that there's some there's graffiti balance vandalism or like antisocial behavior that goes main unmaintained that society could crumble and encourages further disorder Well I see that strategic opportunity in the face of you you know the intense unsustainable way of life we can call it southern colonialism because climate change is a consequence of the war against mother Earth Earth. It's a symptom of how we are at a balance with mother earth and we listen to people's in a lot of people finally recognizing this or waking up to understand that you know we have to live with harmony with the Earth a few no risk reciprocal ways of life that are with nature not trying to dominate exploit nature for our benefit or greed. Aren't sustainable. I in so you know the song will end as you listen With the line. If one broken window could do the same in I'd smash them all and watch it crumble from within a than it says one hundred thousand rocks against a spare a hundred thousand. A hundred thousand shattering all repair up shattering at all beyond repair. You're you know that to me is it's a call in. It's hopefully something that will inspire young indigenous people who feel isolated understands that the system is not designed benefit them So maybe instead of caving into despair they can take their anger and deep frustration Propel oh creative actions to transform the society and that can be small actions from graffiti or Antisocial behavior can be anti-colonial colonial struggle and looking at ways that we can challenge. You know those things in society that are oppressing us and then build towards dismantling these pipelines dismantling the machinery. Sorry that maintains desecration secrets that perpetuates violence against women to spirit and Trans People on such a disproportionate level and so forth and so. I'm really speaking from experienced here. Those small acts of defiance can be sometimes the most empowering steps in personal and collective active liberation that realization that you're not obligated or balance to live and oppressed existence and taking action sometimes just by saying no even if it's just to a boss so powerful exhausting fear answers over the scenery so no worries a Those clothier used the tower always concern being rock Iraq with all the room. Let's thinking view superior pingree. Who who has the prairial you to use such proudly maintains case? There's you go round around thinking sued Turned into this harm. Yeah let's go back to our phone lines we're going to say hi to Jamie and eastlake meant Minnesota tuned in on W. The steamy. Thanks for calling. You're on Air This one and tell Khalid that I'm really appreciate is good words that he's bringing to us all out here in Indian country and the music sounds good and I wanna thank him for his doing what he's doing and this message is out in the world out here Jamie. Thank you for giving us a ring and you know what room giving more of his song so you can instill then spirit taking out of carpenter. We seized all All their tools and reaching Turks jewelers arteries closed sharpens steel in again stall. Aw Scary yeah so ever watched too mm-hmm pistou washing trumbull from a against just. Yeah Cleveland Ali. Our December music maker. Thank you for sharing this hour in real quick anything you WANNA leave us with a yeah just A. You played one of the songs in the break from my little sister. Read Me Cody. We're going to be celebrating. The album released December twentieth. Right before the solstice winter solstice here in confronted flagstaff. You can check out my website CLEVELAND DOT COM for more information. I this album wouldn't have been possible without my patriot. Supporters as well so really it was like a collaborative effort effort with support through patron which is a crowdfunding sort of subscription based platform. And especially just WANNA send a shout out to my partner princess us for supporting me in this process because she's really been that forced that positive powerful dynamic charcoal force that keeps the world going but the main point is like humans of entire ecosystems are being destroyed to maintain unsustainable lifestyles wherever. There's an environmental crisis. There's a cultural crisis because we we are people of the earth and humans have messed up things pretty good. So what can we do to fix it so this album is a call for that and thank you thank you. That's going to do it for our program today or December music maker meet here again Monday. 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