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This Land Is Whose Land? Indian Country and the Shortcomings of Settler Protest

Monday, June 17, 2019   (0 Comments)
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This Land Is Whose Land? Indian Country and the Shortcomings of Settler Protest
By Mali Obomsawin
Folklife, June 14, 2019


“This land is your land, this land is my land” . . .
These lyrics shake me up like a soda can every time I hear them. As an activist, folk musician, and songwriter (in Lula Wiles), and recent label-mate of Woody Guthrie on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, my social circles tend to worship Guthrie as the father of all musical protest. But as a Native person, I believe “This Land Is Your Land” falls flat.

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