Grandfather Look At Me

Album: not on an album (2014)
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  • This song in the Lakhóta language was written by Howard Bad Hand of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, and is better known than most Native American songs because in November 2014, a small group of activists used it to interrupt the proceedings of the United States Senate after voting on the Keystone XL Pipeline Bill.

    Greg Grey Cloud of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe was one of those arrested; he explained afterwards (quoted verbatim):

    "All of us want to make it clear that this honor song was not a political stunt," adding "This was an opportunity to honor the hard work and courage shown by the Senators who voted against the tarsands pipeline, Tribal leaders, front line pipe line fighters and especially the courage, direction and support of our grandmothers."

    The song translates as:

    Grandfather look at me
    I am standing here struggling
    I am defending Grandmother Earth
    And I am chasing peace

    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England
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