Nahane: The Tahltan People – “People Of The West” – British Columbia, Canada

Nahane: The Tahltan People – “People Of The West” – British Columbia, Canada

so [Applause] [Music] oh clearing [Music] [Music] foreign [Music] so [Music] [Music] so oh three [Music] [Music] oh [Applause] oh [Music] oh oh [Music] oh [Applause] [Applause] are you [Music] [Music] is [Music] hey hey [Applause] hey hey [Applause] hey oh [Applause] [Music] hey there mister take a good look at my country it’s the natural bonafide high when you look up from the numbers on your paper you might see yaki stop pass you by you might see it all pass you back [Music] [Music] my harlem grows 500 miles from the city meet the poplars [Music] drink the water and we raise our families drink the water and we raise our family [Music] and now there’s trouble here in a land so far away where the dark suits make the rules from a thousand miles away i’ve seen your future here i’ve read the history you make your money bro while killing my country [Music] hey there mister take a good look at my country it’s the eden and the apple of my eye you’ll come up from your office in the city i will meet you at the river by and by i cannot let this pass me bye [Music] [Music] so [Music] hey [Music] hey [Music] i can see gas wells in the valley below in the country on the dna it was something divine i hope our elders could stop that co-mind [Music] while i was out hunting with my grandsons one day we got our caribou alone the way down the road thus rising to my surprise there was trucks pulling trailers it was those shell guys from spatzy to the disney where the coal miner flows i can see gas welds in the valley below and the country on the dna it was something divine i hope our elders could stop that [Music] i take a look at our future and what did i see there was nothing left to hunt for my grandsons and me and all the suns snakes horizon i’ll be satisfied i told my grandsons i’ll be by their side [Music] [Music] i can see cats well in the valley below in the country on the dna it was something [Music] i hope our elders could stop at coal mine i hope our elders could stop that coal mine [Music] thank you [Music] oh [Music] [Music] [Music] so for our second song we’re going to sing this equipment honor song i’m going to take a lead we’re going to get larry to take a lead and then justine will take a lead and then we’ll finish the lead with myself and a straight again [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] way [Music] [Applause] way [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] [Music] hey [Applause] [Applause] [Music] hey [Music] people shine your light we are equal i remember the days when our prayers were illegal i remember the days when being indian was lethal yeah we had a rough pass but get ready for the sequel get ready for the glorious comeback of [Music] rise up all you warriors of love all you answers to the praise of our ancestors from above i can feel it in my heart can you feel it in your blood i can hear the sound fire calling us to wake up wake up all nations rise rise up cause now’s your time we don’t have to hide [Music] hide anymore cause now’s the time with forgiveness as my bow and my prayers as my arrows pull em back and let go i watch em fly like sparrows have hope yeah i have hope with compassion as my shield and faith down to my marrow i will walk the pollen path even when it gets narrow yeah yeah i resurrect yes you can bet that we seen the single mama raising children on the res we seen domestic violence tear apart what we have left we seen the alcohol take it all and leave us dead we seen the children take their lives when they can’t take the dread anymore can’t take the dread anymore no we can’t take the dread anymore no we can’t take the dread it’s a anymore but we’ve seen it all before and now we know we can change it cause that’s why we were born we know we are the ones that we have been waiting for we are the ones grandma has been praying for so rise up all your warriors of love all you answers to the praise of our ancestors from above i can feel it in my heart can you feel it in your blood i can hear the seventh fire calling us to wake up wake [Music] and creator is sending his very best warriors and this time it isn’t indians versus cowboys [Music] this time it is all the beautiful races of humanity together on the same side and we are fighting to replace our fear with love and this time bullets arrows and cannonballs won’t save us the only weapons that are useful in this battle are the weapons of truth faith and compassion [Music] oh [Music] oh [Music] oh [Music] [Music] me [Music] me [Music] [Music] [Music] hey [Music] bye [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] so [Music] me [Music] me me [Applause] [Laughter] hmm [Music] me [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] uh [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] good [Music] [Music] so [Music] [Music] [Laughter] me [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] um [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Applause] so [Applause] [Applause] ah hey [Music] hey when we were younger we used to be ourselves but now i see somebody else somebody help take us back we’re on this train but we lost track depressing thoughts fills my mind i feel so lost when will i find all the things that we left behind you’re broken and i’m next in line but we can change if we try so much at stake so don’t ask why the time is now it will run out this is my home and i stand proudly [Music] generations of teaching hunting camping singing dancing and stick gambling tradition more than a word it’s in my blood it’s in the earth there’s no other nation that speaks like us but our language is dying cause we’re not trying hard enough to preserve the past and if we don’t our culture will not last it’s in our hands so don’t let go cause elders are dying so we can’t choke the time is now it will run out this is my home and i stand proud [Music] [Music] i remember when things were greener the sky was clear and the air was cleaner but now i walk through clouds of smoke these fires swallowing us all old memories it’s been so long brotherhoods have come and gone but they’re not gone cause it’s a bond when we were kids we held on but now we’re too cool and too depressed but we have what it takes it’s just suppressed the time is now it won’t run out this is my home telltale strong [Music] [Music] hey [Music] hey [Music]
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