An Indigenous DJ trio out of Ottawa, CA, A Tribe Called Red has released a music video to support the release of their third album "We Are Halluci Nation"-- and to support the Water Protectors fighting DAPL. The Virus is a way cool dance hall (chickee hut?), dubstep, Indigenous Peoples music mashup from the album. Upon its release, ATCR sent a note to the media written by poet/activist Saul Williams which in part reads:
What does it mean to protect and serve?
What does it mean when corporate interests encroach upon communal resources?
What does it mean when we let the oligarchs of industry dig up the graves of
First Nations to suck the blood beneath the bones and boil the profits in contaminated water?
We are the seventh generation.
We are the protectors of this land, the protectors of water.
We are not a conquered people.
We will issue no warning.
It will come thinly veiled or not veiled at all.
The drum will beat. And you will hear it. There is no question."
As for The Virus, we love it for its ideas and it's music. We wanna see the Water Protectors dancing to it. I will be working on steps of my own at the Miccosukee Embassy that include pow-wow and dubsteps. Maybe like Marquese Scott. Well, maybe not exactly like him. He's sick. But you get the idea. Maybe if we can get enough of us dancing for the Water Protectors, they will feel our support and will somehow gain strength knowing that they are not alone. Hey, maybe we could shoot videos of ourselves dancing to The Virus and flood YouTube with them. Anything to get the word out that this pipeline on Native Land is not acceptable.
*Choreographed in a pow-wow dubstep en masse in their faces would be my choice. But that's just me.