The Poetry of Dispossession

7 Aug

The Most Revolutionary Act

Trudell

Heather Roy (2005)

Film Review

Trudell is a documentary about the life and work of American Indian Movement (AIM) activist, poet and philosopher John Trudell. The film is made up of archival and performance footage, interviews with Trudell, family members and film and rock celebrities who have worked with him, and samples of his poetry.

Stop Thief: the Commons Enclosures and Resistance (see Forgotten History: the Theft of the Commons) has helped me understand the Indian Wars and the continuing oppression of Native Americans in a whole new light. As author Peter Linebaugh describes it, the Indian Wars boil down to a determination by Jefferson and other early US leaders to enclose (ie steal) Indian lands to fence them off as private property. And as Trudell emphasizes in this film, repeated treaty violations all revolve around US efforts to steal yet more Indian land and resources for profit.

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3 Responses to “The Poetry of Dispossession”

  1. auntyuta August 7, 2015 at 11:12 pm #

    This is what I wrote as a comment in Dr Stuart Bamhall’s blog:

    Beautiful poetry, very spiritual

    It is terrible what is done to native people on native land

    Indigenous chants and his poetry go well together plus good photography

    Great philosophical thoughts

    You need a bit of time to watch the whole video, but it’s really worth it!

    I want to reblog this film review.

  2. auntyuta August 7, 2015 at 11:15 pm #

    http://stuartjeannebramhall.com/2015/08/04/forgotten-history-the-theft-of-the-commons/

    This seems to be a very interesting book about the theft of the commons!

  3. stuartbramhall August 8, 2015 at 8:30 am #

    Thanks for reblogging, aunty.

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