Poet, Freedom Advocate John Trudell has died!

The Poet Activist’s Final Journey: John Trudell Walks On

12/9/15

John Trudell (Dakota) was a hero of mine, and, unfortunately, I never told him. A remarkable wordsmith of the colonizer’s language, philosopher, and a poet of the resistance, he saw through the false nature of the predator’s reality structure. “It’s like there is this predator energy on this planet, and this predator energy feeds on the essence of the spirit,” he is quoted as saying. In 1493, Pope Alexander VI identified this predator: “We trust in Him from whom empires and dominationes and all good things proceed.”

We’re seemingly “locked” in the Patrix (a patriarchal structure) not the Matrix (from “mater” for “mother&rdquo. It is the structure of a patriarchal predator that has Mother Earth under its dominating control. John not only saw this as clearly as anyone could, he also spoke to it exceedingly well and put his clear philosophical vision to music and song, with Quiltman and others.

As a teenager I used to read John’s speeches in Akwesasne Notes and they left a deep impression on me. I recall wanting to be able to speak and write as lucidly as he did. His cogent statement, “If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention,” is more true today than it was back when he first said that bit of wisdom. Anger at domination and injustice when channeled properly can be a great catalyst, providing energy toward reform. But, in my view, it has to be transmuted into a spiritual energy, through prayer and ceremony, so that it does not become destructive and self-incinerating. John knew we cannot allow our outrage to result in us repeating the cycles of destructiveness and trauma. It’s about working toward healing.

John Trudell is now on his Spirit Journey across the Milky Way, leaving behind an amazing legacy of creativity and resistance. He will be missed, as we carry on in spiritual struggle against the domination system, on behalf of our nations, Mother Earth, and All Living Things. As he put it: “No matter what they ever do to us, we must always act for the love of our people and the earth. We must not react out of hatred against those who have no sense.”

Steven Newcomb (Shawnee, Lenape) is co-founder and co-director of the Indigenous Law Institute, and author of “Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery” (Fulcrum, 2008). He is the co-producer of the documentary movie, “The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code,” directed and produced by Sheldon Wolfchild (Dakota), with narration by Buffy Sainte-Marie (Cree).

 

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  See?  This is what I've been talking about...although I never really heard the term matrix associated in that way with the word patrix.  But it works if folks can now understand what it all means.  As a matter of fact, this is what the whole entire world is going through...that demand regardless of what natures say to have all things under the patriarchal rule...and it just ain't natural.  Man is constantly trying to fock the element that brought him life and what has sustained him to adulthood.  In turn, he gives his ungrateful stance of destruction.  And it is easy to see why women and children are thrown under the bus because Man cannot announce his supremacy over EVERYTHING with a straight face cuz he knows he hasn't CONTRIBUTED a damn thang but a troubled seed-which by the way cannot bloom without being embedded in the mother's body.  No machine can emulate this nurturing care...and it pisses man off.  Not homo sapian but the neanderthal man i.e. the barbaric cave man.  The real enemy/predator to homo sapians.  

Sometimes it is useless to get deep with present generations cuz they are so brainwashed into this high tech system which really isn't all that high tech especially when terrorists can come in America at any time without detection.  I mean what is technology if it can't PROTECT the people? Secondly we are in the selfy world where everyone acts like individuals with phones on their ears or in front of their view...never looking up to be even distracted for a moment.  This makes life very dangerous.  Cuz with all that's going on in the world...we are losing our empathy.  Not to others but to our own.  

I used to frequent coffee houses to do my poetry...I think I said this before.  And you know going on a little tour around town to other coffee places...and the biggest insult to me?  Was dudes and CHICKS trying to use poetry to score.  And so the moment to open up the consciousness to look at life at a different level disappears when someone is talking about opening up their legs instead of their minds.  I was sooooooooo insulted.  And I'm not one to brag...but!  My shit was deep and thought provoking but couldn't compete with all the testorone and hormones circling the environment.   I'm  just sayin.  Plus these were really young folks...ummm maybe in their late twenties and early thirties.  But still.  Grow up.  Fast Forward.  Everything I shared in my pieces are prevalent today as they were when I wrote them.  So I am truly a poet wayyyyyyyyy before seeing myself as a writer.  Because of anonymity I can't share my pieces...but!  I will say I wrote a whole book on being a gangster in the hood.  I spoke to those folks in their lingo.  But! It was like talking to a deer in headlights.  And here we are today with a lotta of those SAME folks in prison or in the grave.  My favorite line in that book? "Only daring without caring with no future."  And HOW many have acted just like that back then and now?  But!

DennisKalita posted:

The Poet Activist’s Final Journey: John Trudell Walks On

12/9/15

John Trudell (Dakota) was a hero of mine, and, unfortunately, I never told him. A remarkable wordsmith of the colonizer’s language, philosopher, and a poet of the resistance, he saw through the false nature of the predator’s reality structure. “It’s like there is this predator energy on this planet, and this predator energy feeds on the essence of the spirit,” he is quoted as saying. In 1493, Pope Alexander VI identified this predator: “We trust in Him from whom empires and dominationes and all good things proceed.”

We’re seemingly “locked” in the Patrix (a patriarchal structure) not the Matrix (from “mater” for “mother&rdquo. It is the structure of a patriarchal predator that has Mother Earth under its dominating control. John not only saw this as clearly as anyone could, he also spoke to it exceedingly well and put his clear philosophical vision to music and song, with Quiltman and others.

As a teenager I used to read John’s speeches in Akwesasne Notes and they left a deep impression on me. I recall wanting to be able to speak and write as lucidly as he did. His cogent statement, “If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention,” is more true today than it was back when he first said that bit of wisdom. Anger at domination and injustice when channeled properly can be a great catalyst, providing energy toward reform. But, in my view, it has to be transmuted into a spiritual energy, through prayer and ceremony, so that it does not become destructive and self-incinerating. John knew we cannot allow our outrage to result in us repeating the cycles of destructiveness and trauma. It’s about working toward healing.

John Trudell is now on his Spirit Journey across the Milky Way, leaving behind an amazing legacy of creativity and resistance. He will be missed, as we carry on in spiritual struggle against the domination system, on behalf of our nations, Mother Earth, and All Living Things. As he put it: “No matter what they ever do to us, we must always act for the love of our people and the earth. We must not react out of hatred against those who have no sense.”

Steven Newcomb (Shawnee, Lenape) is co-founder and co-director of the Indigenous Law Institute, and author of “Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery” (Fulcrum, 2008). He is the co-producer of the documentary movie, “The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code,” directed and produced by Sheldon Wolfchild (Dakota), with narration by Buffy Sainte-Marie (Cree).

 

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"John knew we cannot allow our outrage to result in us repeating the cycles of destructiveness and trauma."

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This is the dilemma for African Americans, and I believe that we, as a group, as a people, as a race, should not entertain ideas of inflicting the same 'destructiveness and trauma' onto those who have inflicted it onto us because, not only is it counter-productive, it will only end up turning us into the very type of beings that have been so egregious to us.  

Atlanta, used to have a motto that said, "Atlanta, The City That's Too Busy To Hate"; that is the very attitude and philosophy that should be taken on by all African Americans.  We should be so busy doing what it takes to overcome all the obstacles thrown in our way, and too busy building impenetrable buffers against all the hate, racism and discrimination thrown at us, and barriers around our communities, our children, our children's education, and our own psyches, that we don't even have time to waste on "hate", "revenge", "retaliatory hatred and discrimination" and "eye for an eye" activities, philosophies and violence.

At this stage in the game, African Americans should be too busy building and fortifying our communities, schools, economic independence, and our own psyches and spiritualities, that  we don't have time to waste valuable energy, intelligence, and humanity crawling under that same rock our haters slithered from under.  

 

  I agree with you my sista.  I like that statement.  I'm too busy to hate.  I'ma gonna remember that when I am out and about with my people.  Use to be literature was the PILLAR of the black community.  We had outstanding poets to keep us  STRONG and BRAVE as we travel through the journey of discrimination and violence from massa.  But you know today?  I'm need some poetry to keep from getting into it with these knucklehead youths in my community.  I can't take it.  They rap but don;t like to positive words.   This is last week for finals.  And I was in going in the study hall to get a table for my group.  And I do say at least this happened in college.  But.  Still.  There was a young man sitting alone in a room with a large table.  I asked was he leaving.  He said no.  Oh so you're waiting for a group?  He said no.  I asked him so nicely and motherly....would you switch rooms.  He said no.  And then said excuse yourself from my presence.  I looked at him.  Didn't wanna make a scene cuz in the library.  I said quietly...cuz this is a black dude....why are you talking to me like that? I said step away from this room! , he commanded. 

OMG!  But!  I breathed in and out slowly.  I wasn't afraid as much as I was pissed off.  I said calmly, they know not what they do and closed the door.  One of the clerks overheard the dispute asked if I wanted another room.  I said no.  I'll wait for him to leave.  I wanted him to SEE me WAITING.  But my point?  It seems any where I go in my community...there is no respect from many young black people.  Not all are this way but enough of 'em to make you notice.  I did see  the alpha dog in this young man.  I saw the aggression.  But I also saw the naive youth.  And I thought these are the kids that terrorists are convincing to destroy their lives and not care about the consequences.  

So I needed poetry that I can keep in my heart, cuz there will be moments to protest for police brutality on his behalf one day...cuz it will happen or has already happened.  Sorry to say...he's a thug.  And thugs go to college too sometimes just to get the money or to make their probation officer happy. Guys like him usually have dropped out by now.  But whatever his reason for being there, I'm glad.  But when young dude spoke to me like that..I wanted to scream at him!  You idiot.  Black folks are risking their lives protesting for mfs like you and you don't have the decency to show any focking RESPECT?  And try to be kinda threatening?  I was livid.  

So I need some poetry.  It is revolutionary for our time.  It has been our weapon for EXPOSURE of cruelty and violations against us.  It has been our resolution for change.  And we had oodles and oodles of magnificent poets who have help mark our path to freedom.  But today?  We need MAN poets to KNOCK some sense into these lost souls who called themselves black men.  Cuz dude is on his way to prison.  Big time.  He didn't stutter or change facial expression.  So we as a people got get back to communicating with each other especially the young and the old.  We have to have some form of mutual dialogue.  Cuz it seems extremely purposeless to confront trained police with guns, tasers, riot gear and risk  being KILLED, for those who  ARE NOT SHOWING ANY TYPE OF HUMAN RESPECT.  They are still being assholes.  Don't care about those who literately have their backs.  

My question to him?  Why are you so rebellious to me?  I'm not the enemy.   And if wasn't for the fact that I am mother and know the social behavior in youth his age?  I am afraid I wouldn't have walked away so readily.  We would have argued.  It would have been an ugly scene.....especially since everyone is anxious and antsy since the San Bernandino shootings.  So this is why I say in our black community....we need MORE powerful poetry...not ignorant ass rap about blinging and unrealitic notions of being on top..... but MORE thought stimulating words to wake up EVERYBODY!!!  Cuz the midnight train?  Is already here.   And from what I can see?  A lotta young folks like him are gonna miss it.   And it will be their OWN fault.   [Thanks for allowing me to share.  It's all behind me now.  School's out!  So I had to get this out.,cuz I don't wanna  hate anybody]   But! 

I'm glad you handled it the way you did Koco.  Really, it was they only mature way to handle a self-righteous idiot.  Like you said, what else could you do other than create scene.  

And sometimes we have to accept that wisdom [i.e., words of]  are as wasted on some mentalities, as explaining Einstein's Theory of Relativity to someone who believes throwing virgin in the volcano will keep the crops from failing. 

However, I would wager, that this young idiot got out of bed that morning with the precise intent to come to that very spot, all alone, to hog that large table, specifically because he knew that eventually someone would come in with a group, etc., and ask if he minded moving, just so he could react exactly the way he did.

It is amazing the amount of disrespect so many young people have for adults and their elders, or just have in general these days.  But, mark my word, like Karma, all the disrespect they have shown their elders is going to come back to bite them in the butt one day.  One day this young punk is going to relive that very moment he had with you, only with him being in your shoes.  

Another dynamic that was [IMO] at play here, was the male/female dynamic, and how little respect this [boy] had for that too.  That's a dynamic that was at play and is being played out everywhere, all day long in this country as well, but that would make a whole new forum on the Demasculinization of the Black male in America.

  You are soooooo right my sista.  The dynamic between a boy and woman-a hatred almost.  I first thought.  He's mad at his mother.  But he looked clean cut.  So I thought he has to act kinda tough cuz he's a pretty boy.  And most male abusers don't abuse other men...they abuse women.  But yeah you are absolutely correct...karma gotta bite his ass.  It's one thing to be rebellious and another to be absolutely disrespectful.  Girls are doing it too.  So sad.  Too many black people have died...and for these ungrateful butt holes to act arrogant and entitled...it's so shameful.  And that's the thing.  No one is ashamed anything anymore.  You should be ashamed to be disrespectful.....especially to your own culture.  I still can't wrap my head around that.  What the fock happened?  If we had one thing, we had black pride.  No more.  It's been commercialized.   But!

sunnubian posted:
DennisKalita posted:

John Trudell has been a light. I met him 10 years back and we thought 99% the same.  There are pools of light to drink from but . . .  we're too entranced with bullshit.

I hope you got an autographed book of his.

Thanks. His spirit helps me with my purpose.

  He was soooooooooo deep...as in many Native American advocates.  They knew massa was doing to the Earth.  All those lies they told are now catching up with them.  And I can't help but think what that Trump was saying about Climate Change and Global Warming...this fool knows that the Antartica is collapsing and is using result of all these hurricanes for political leverage.  This is why he is a monster.  Not human.   I wanna mention a book....it's kinda old but I think is the time that African Americans need to remind us all WHAT HAPPENED TO US.  It's called PTSD i.e. Post Traumatic Slave Disorder....By Joy Degruy  and another one called Medical Apartheid by Harriet Washington.  It is important that we NEVER forget what massa has done to us.  Never. 

Also I had to read the Willie Lynch letter again which  many are saying is a hoax but it is not.  It correlates with the book No More Lies written by the beloved Dick Gregory where he tells exactly what massa did to the Native Americans....and the truth about their destruction.  I'm bringing this back up cuz a lot of white folks are on the notion that it is not their FAULT what happened to us and that they are STILL not using "free" labor from us to continue to increase their economy and privilege.  We have to keep this is in their face and not allow the world to forget the most horrific crime against us by these monsters.  Too many folks died and fell on the blade for us...and even though we have these idiots coons, eunuchs, cowards, lean [cough syrup] drinking thugs, backward ass tricks....our story of resilient MUST be told over and over again.  We must not EVER let them OFF the hook....or to dismiss what they these awful barbaric monsters did to the most intelligent people on earth...that would be us.  But!  

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