Showing posts with label poetry. Show all posts
Showing posts with label poetry. Show all posts

Monday, January 21, 2013

Navajo Lament: Truer Today?

Hastiin Tee Yazzie 1923
Amanda Warren
Activist Post

Old Hosteen Yazzie was a sage Native American who lived past 110 years old. He was the last Navajo to surrender to Kit Carson and U.S. soldiers in the 1860s around the time of "The Long Walk." His poem was seen on a lot of post cards that are now mainly sold as cheap nostalgia if they are still prevalent. His words lament the confusion of what many call "White Man's Ways," but more specifically, big government's ways and not only their treatment of Natives, but also for anyone trying to live sovereign under the whims of invasive government rule and a manipulated economy.

Even as early as the 19th and well into the 20th century, Hastiin Tee Yazzie or Hashke Yazhe as he was also called knew what was up. He could see the failings of a left-right paradigm, big bankers, and the devaluing of goods a century before many of us arose. His words should not be forgotten.