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Morning Song – Cherokee Mist

August 11, 2017

(One in a series of posts inspired by Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World.)

To be a descendant of centuries of genocide, forced migration and systemic exploitation is akin to being left with a handful of shards in the wake of an ornate and beautiful full-length mirror being shattered.

You’re trying to piece together your history, but it’s not reflected fully anywhere around you. All you have are tantalizing and disconnected hints refracted at odd angles, each one small enough that the full story never emerges.

But that doesn’t stop you from trying. It’s a powerful drive in human nature to try to understand one’s place in the wider human community over time and space, and I think it’s what drove Jimi Hendrix to create songs like “Cherokee Mist”, a swirling, haunting, driving, mystical cry, seeking to evoke and honor his ancestors.

 

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