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Ode to Wannabes

Posted 12-13-2007 at 12:48 AM by NorthofAda
I posted this on a thread in the forum, but I had so much fun with it I thought I'd add it to my blog.

After following a couple of threads about questionable Indian groups, the words to a classic heavy metal song came to mind. So, with apologies to Bon Jovi...

(To the tune of "You Give Love a Bad Name")

You claim you're an elder, a shaman, or chief.
You promise them membership, then give us grief.
You offer them sweats or an Indian name.
But you've got no bloodline to back up your claim.

Oh, you're a fantasy.
Oh, got no history.
Say what you will,
But I know what I see.

Chorus:
This isn't a tribe
It's an Inc.
You can't sell a culture or identity
You might fool some,
But you don't fool me.
You're just a friggin' wannabe!

The truth that I've learned can't be bought with a price.
Passed down by my fathers who paid with their lives.
Traditions unshaken with passage of time.
Not "Instant Indian" for $9.99.

Oh, got you on the run.
Oh, hunted down one by one.
We're not going to stop
'Til the battle is won.

Chorus:
So, put down your drum.
Remove your headdress, please.
Your dimestore feathers and jewelry.
Leave native ways to native folks like me.
We've got authentic genealogy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GccfzxHIXaY

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crazywolf's Avatar
Ah dude, I am having trouble remembering exactly how the melody and rhythm of that song go, yeah I know it. But that is well written! And a good laugh, Miigwetch
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Posted 04-30-2008 at 11:56 PM by crazywolf crazywolf is offline
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jingledressbeauty_46's Avatar
thats cool im having troulbe remembering how the song went too! that was an awesome song. Hugs and Laughs mizz navajo
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Posted 05-07-2008 at 12:25 PM by jingledressbeauty_46 jingledressbeauty_46 is offline
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docat's Avatar
This is quite good!
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