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The Promised Land: American Indian Songs of Lament and Protest

The Promised Land: American Indian Songs of Lament and Protest

The Promised Land was released during a period when the public became aware of American Indian grievances through a series of protest actions. In 1978, for example, a group of American Indians undertook "The Longest Walk" to educate people about legislation threatening tribal sovereignty and rights; the five-month spiritual walk from California to Washington, D.C., succeeded in garnering wide support―and in blocking the legislation. The opening track honors Walk participants. Other tracks include "The Day Columbus Got Lost" and "Proud to Belong to the Indian Nation." Liner notes provide a background on Native beliefs as well as detailed descriptions of songs, newspaper articles, and quotes from tribal chiefs, Nietzsche, and Bob Dylan.

Track Listing

101
Traditional Honoring Song Periwinkle 2:27
102
Indian Prayer, An - Lament Periwinkle 3:36
103
The Day Columbus Got Lost Periwinkle 1:36
104
Song for Sarah Periwinkle 2:00
105
Straight Talk Periwinkle 2:43
106
For the Children's Sake Periwinkle 3:07
107
Proud to Belong to the Indian Nation Periwinkle 2:12
108
The People United Can Never Be Defeated Periwinkle 1:25
201
Columbus Had Six Sailing Ships Periwinkle 2:25
202
Feathers Periwinkle 4:29
203
Ode to an Indian Swan Periwinkle 3:41
204
No Tippecanoe Periwinkle 2:42
205
The Promised Land Periwinkle 4:38
206
Traditional 49-er Periwinkle 1:21

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