On May 24, 2014 more than a dozen Indigenous poets, storytellers, musicians and spoken word artists performed at an event entitled Our Land, Culture, Community: Story, Poetry, Song, Music, Rap for Liberation. The event was a benefit for the Indigenous Alliance Without Borders whose mission is to affirm the rights of indigenous peoples, their right to self determination, their collective human and civil rights, the rights of sovereignty and the protection of sacred sites, and the free unrestricted movement across international borders.
Today’s 30 Minutes continues with part 3 of a multi part series featuring host and organizer Simon J. Ortiz, an Indigenous poet and writer of Acoma Pueblo heritage who specializes in Indigenous Literature. He is a Regents Professor of English at Arizona State University and convened many of the artists and introduced the speakers.
We’ll continue with music by Klee Benally the lead vocalist and guitarist of Navajopunk rock band Blackfire. Benally is also an activist, artist, silversmith, and filmmaker. Amanda Lickers will join him on a piece. Later in the program, we’ll hear from Elijah Allen and Mario Matus Villa.
Recorded and produced by Amanda Shauger.