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“A People of Many Nations” is an eleven-year project. I always knew what I wanted to say, but it took time to understand how to say it. After the passing of my Grandpa in 2009 I vowed to complete the message. It is about the quest to document our family’s Native American heritage, and expressing our feelings toward those who look at our pass & not who we are today. The chants you will hear are of the songs our farther sang to my sister and I as small children. A People of Many Nations doesn’t reflect the sentiment of all tribes, each is a sovereign nation with their own history. However they do know their pass and who they are today! I find being of the indigenous people of the Americas it is important to know your history. Many will never know their own. I want to thank Kristine Johanek (kristyjo) for her authentic playing of the American Indian flute. A People of Many Nations is dedicated to my father Santana, who fulfilled his earthly course in 1995, he is gone, but still with us. I miss you Pop . . .

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Lyrics
We knew that we were
Now we know who we are
A people of many nations:

Chickasaw
Iroquois
Choctaw
Arapaho
Paiute
Wichita
Shoshone
Navaho
Lakota
Chumash
Apache
Chinook
Sioux
Blackfoot
Coushatta
Pueblo
Mohawk
And hundreds upon hundreds more

Tragedy once filled our life
But why do you say “I’m sorry.”
Where were you, when our land was taken?
Where were you, when we were marked for extinction?
Were you behind the trail of tears?
Were you responsible for every Indian nations malady?

We know the past,
We do not look back and cry,
My Grandfather said “Look Ahead”
We know who we are
And know where we are going.

Who are we?
Senators
Astronauts
Athletes
Musicians
Actors
Doctors
Lawyers
Tribal Leaders
Fathers
Mothers
Brothers
Sisters
We are a family!
Song Stats
Hits: 2727
Comments: 34
Fans: 17
Plays: 66
Downloads: 76

Uploaded: Mar 08, 2010 - 10:22:37 PM
Last Updated: Apr 15, 2014 - 10:35:42 PM Last Played: Jan 29, 2017 - 07:28:14 AM
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egobandit said 2782 days ago (March 9th, 2010)
look ahead
I like that line we know who we are and we know where we are going I like the flute at the end. excellent song!
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scaustrita said 2782 days ago (March 9th, 2010)
The flute
The flute was played by Kristyjo it is taken from her song entitled Golden. http://www.macjams.com/song/49296
It is a very haunting melody, it is very authentic . . .
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magnatone said 2782 days ago (March 9th, 2010)
People of Many Nations
this is fabulous! what a terrific project, long in the making and filled with your heart. thank you for sharing this with us!
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scaustrita said 2782 days ago (March 9th, 2010)
Project
I have several versions I composed over that time period.
After my grandfather returned home in death, It was time to complete the message. Thank you!
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Bowman said 2782 days ago (March 9th, 2010)
A
wonderful inspiring song my friend. Spoken with a proud strength and authority.
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scaustrita said 2782 days ago (March 9th, 2010)
Inspiring
The inspiration comes from my grandfather and father, I am happy you enjoyed their message.
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fasteddie said 2782 days ago (March 9th, 2010)
"Look ahead"
We know where we are going.

This was said out of great wisdom and positive perspective.

A very good friend of mine is Navaho. He has taught me a great deal of the culture and spirituality of the Navaho tribe.

Cool song man!


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scaustrita said 2780 days ago (March 11th, 2010)
Look adhead
He actually said look ahead dummy! With a big smile.
But that wasn't poetic enough 8^)

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spitlogic said 2780 days ago (March 11th, 2010)
Very strong
Powerful song. Powerful message. Thank you for sharing.
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scaustrita said 2780 days ago (March 11th, 2010)
P.R.I.D.E.
has a similar message and strength . . .
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VicDiesel said 2780 days ago (March 11th, 2010)
A long history, marred by tragedy
as I keep learning time and time again.

I enjoyed hearing you paying your respects to your father and earlier ancestors.
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scaustrita said 2780 days ago (March 11th, 2010)
Marred by tragedy
Yes, but we are beyond the past!
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rustykangaroo said 2780 days ago (March 11th, 2010)
great job!
extremely well crafted. the worldview of the native american is not the worldview i was raised in this secular, economic culture to see. it is one i have had to seek out for myself. i am part Cherokee and my wife part Choctaw indian. ratio wise it would be considered a small part. nonetheless it is and will always make up a part of who we are. it is a side of ourselves we have not been in touch with or in direct contact. this song as some things i have read puts me more in touch with that side of myself, and for that i thank you. when you say the line "we are a family" the thunder, then the rain, then the flute. i think what you were hoping to capture was acheived and encapsulated in the beauty of that moment. kristine gave such a wonderful performance in that key moment. great job with the narration. wonderful production. the singer did a great job and i think you could add even more performance from him. it is such a rock solid track.
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scaustrita said 2780 days ago (March 11th, 2010)
Thank You!
The message is clear and you understood.
My Grandpa taught us that we are not the people depicted in the movies and in story books. We are who we want to be!
The vocals are me, they are of the songs my dad sang to us.
My sister is attempting to recreate them.
"We are, a family" I know when I look up in the sky, we are all seeing the same celestial bodies, the pensive sound of the rain and thunder is for those who lost their culture. The flute generally is used as a ceremonial instrument, a death, sickness, great sadness, or a spiritual occasion. In this case sadness.
I tell people I was American Indian, before if was cool to be Native American. 8^)
Again thanks for you wonderful comments my Brother & Sister.

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drakonis said 2780 days ago (March 11th, 2010)
We are a loving family
Oh, this speaks to my heart. And I hope it speaks to everyone's heart. What a beautiful message, so well thought out, written, and presented. I offer a bow to yours, mine, and everyone's fathers, and I hope to help carry the torch of strength and knowledge and compassion forward, with you, for them all. Loved the singing, music, and Kristine's flute work was the perfect touch. Like life, this was short, sweet and powerful.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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scaustrita said 2780 days ago (March 11th, 2010)
The Message
Thank you for wanting to carry the message forward, that is what A People of Many Nations is about . . .
Kristine's playing sounds like it was meant for this song.
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davisamerica said 2780 days ago (March 11th, 2010)
came back ...
to download ... impressive and moving... been on my mind the past couple of days. a very deep bow and a most fitting tribute
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scaustrita said 2780 days ago (March 11th, 2010)
Your return is welcomed.
I am very happy you enjoyed the tribute too!
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Doadars Uncle said 2777 days ago (March 14th, 2010)
The Torch!
Deep! Thanks for being one to pick up the message to help show the world the diversity of Family!
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scaustrita said 2774 days ago (March 17th, 2010)
Torch
Thanks for listening to the message.
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BirdmanWayne94 said 2774 days ago (March 17th, 2010)
Yup...
... deep, true, and inspirational as well. I loved the flute towards the end, it was a very affective touch.
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scaustrita said 2774 days ago (March 17th, 2010)
Flute
The flute is the work of Kristine Johanek (kristyjo). Her native American flute playing is awesome.
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dave_b said 2766 days ago (March 25th, 2010)
A People of Many Nations
Strong message delivered by an equally strong track. Enjoyed those drums, and the flute at the end especially.
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scaustrita said 2766 days ago (March 25th, 2010)
The Message
That is the most important part.
Thanks for understanding . . .
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crissew said 2766 days ago (March 25th, 2010)
WOW, was that a real drum?
Sounds so clear. Gorgeous sounds in this one. I just love the drums and flute, I could listen to that all day long. Great stuff. The only thing I hear is, the reverb on the vocal I think is taking out of the space and making it sound distant. Maybe that was the intent. I think if you sucked just a little of the boominess out of the vocal with a parametric EQ it would be smoother sounding. Especially on the sentence where "family" is the last word.
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scaustrita said 2766 days ago (March 25th, 2010)
Observation
The vocal was meant to be booming, like darth vader?
From a vocalist view your are right.
The percussion is played by me via MIDI and software instruments.
Family, yes a bit muddy!
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jdholliday said 2756 days ago (April 4th, 2010)
Beautiful
Very touching tribute, thank you for sharing this with us!
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scaustrita said 2756 days ago (April 4th, 2010)
Tribute
Thank you for the remembering the tribute . . .
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Char said 2750 days ago (April 10th, 2010)
Very
moving. A fitting dedication to the native peoples. Your father is proud. Kristine's flute is perfect. Thanks.
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scaustrita said 2750 days ago (April 10th, 2010)
Dedication
We were taught that we are not a weak beaten down people . . .
The flute is awesome!

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Bob6stringer said 2747 days ago (April 13th, 2010)
The concept of "Sorry"
This is an experience. This inspires visuals.* To be sorry in the modern context you reference I suppose is to try and convey empathy. But you use the term -- the guilt phenomenon -- in an appropriately thought-provoking manner here. Here's to a better future. --B.

(* = someone with a worthy documentary ought to pick this up.)
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scaustrita said 2601 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
Documentary
I'm flattered.
Thank you . . .
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Calchas said 2601 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
Yeah!
How'd I miss this one? I'm roughly 1/16th Iroquois... or so I'm told. I really appreciate what you've done here man! Many thanks!

Be well friend!
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scaustrita said 2601 days ago (September 6th, 2010)
Yeah!
A big welcome for your kind comments!
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