Zitat des Tages von John Trudell:
When one lives in a society where people can no longer rely on the institutions to tell them the truth, the truth must come from culture and art.
I'm a member of the American Indian Movement, and I'm from the indigenous nations of the Western Hemisphere.
One Earth, one mother - one does not sell the Earth.
I'm basically a starving artist.
I wanted to take the power of thought and the word, along with the power of speaking and heart, and see if we could wire what was coming out of us as humans with electric instruments.
I have experienced within my own lifetime the attack of my winter camp and the killing of the women and children. It left me even angrier than I was - and I was never too calm to begin with.
All that I am is me. So I'm not really a poet or a writer or an actor or an activist; I'm me, and these are things that I do.
For us, it's a matter of just staying alive and getting the best deal we can now. Eventually, this will all straighten out. It may be two generations away or 10 generations away, but time is irrelevant in that sense. As long as we, as a people, stay alive, we will survive.
Because we are all of an oral tradition in our beginning histories, the voice of the poet in this particular society will be heard.
All politics to me - Indian or white - is an illusion preventing us from being authentic because we're communicating through something that isn't real to us.
What I view life like is about energy. Everything is about energy - everything. We physically are little units of electrical energy, and we vibrate and project electromagnetic thought.
I find there is room in music to talk with music. It may expand ways people can participate with music. It doesn't sound hokey or like some kind of voice-over.
I knew I had to stop running. I had to be in a place. Los Angeles became that place.
I have a real interest in working with younger Native artists. I think it's a very important way for Native people to communicate the realities of our culture and remember our ancestors.
Before Little Bighorn, Sitting Bull had dream of soldiers falling from the sky.
They took all our land; I don't have any land to toil. My crops have to grow somewhere else.
We cannot change the political system, we cannot change the economic system, we cannot change the social system, until the people control the land, and then we take it out of the hands of that sick minority that chooses to pervert the meaning and the intention of humanity.
My influences in this world have always been Crazy Horse and Malcolm X, my overall influences. But I was influenced by rock n' roll, blues, and country music. I was influenced by singers.
I don't want to tell people how to remember me. I want people to remember me as they remember me.
I don't write as much now as I used to, but I write. The lines still come, maybe periodically, and I'll go through these little bursts of time where I write a lot of things then a long period of time where maybe I don't write anything.
I appreciate all of your expressions of concern, and I appreciate all of your expressions of love. It has been like a fire to my heart.