From Settler Colonialism to Standing Rock: Hearing Native Voices for Peace

November 30, 2018


The water protectors of the Standing Rock Sioux captured public attention with their opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Yet their actions are only the most recent in a long history of indigenous resistance to resource extraction and treaty violations on native land. Often these struggles have involved indigenous music. In this article, I compare two folk songs, “Our Vinland” by the neo-Nazi band, Prussian Blue, and “Treaty” by the Haudenosaunee Iroquois vocalist, Joanne Shenandoah. I argue that these songs respectively express the current resurgence of settler colonial nativism and the indigenous spirit of resistance to it witnessed at Standing Rock.

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