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All Quotes by author - John Trudell
" All politics to me - Indian or white - is an illusion preventing us from being authentic because we're communicating through something that isn't real to us. "
" All that I am is me. So I'm not really a poet or a writer or an actor or an activist; I'm me, and these are things that I do. "
" Because we are all of an oral tradition in our beginning histories, the voice of the poet in this particular society will be heard. "
" Before Little Bighorn, Sitting Bull had dream of soldiers falling from the sky. "
" Everybody interprets things differently with their own perception, and I want poetry to pull out of them their own feelings. "
" Every song I've ever written always starts with the words because I want the music to be the musical extension of the feelings of the words, and not the words being the emotional extension of the feeling of the music. "
" For decades, my identity was political, but I've come to understand that there's no political solution when you're dealing with someone else's rules. "
" For us, it's a matter of just staying alive and getting the best deal we can now. Eventually, this will all straighten out. It may be two generations away or 10 generations away, but time is irrelevant in that sense. As long as we, as a people, stay alive, we will survive. "
" From activist stage, I just spoke and said whatever I had to say. When the writing started, I would just read it. Then I had the interest into going into musical aspects. When that happened in '86, I liked the result of work we did in the studio. "
" I am just a human being trying to make it in a world that is rapidly losing its understanding of being human. "
" I appreciate all of your expressions of concern, and I appreciate all of your expressions of love. It has been like a fire to my heart. "
" I consider the electric guitar to be like a drum with strings. It became the drum of the Baby Boom generation. And the drum has always been the center of the tribe, a new electronic tribe. "
" I don't want to tell people how to remember me. I want people to remember me as they remember me. "
" I don't write as much now as I used to, but I write. The lines still come, maybe periodically, and I'll go through these little bursts of time where I write a lot of things then a long period of time where maybe I don't write anything. "
" I find there is room in music to talk with music. It may expand ways people can participate with music. It doesn't sound hokey or like some kind of voice-over. "
" I have a real interest in working with younger Native artists. I think it's a very important way for Native people to communicate the realities of our culture and remember our ancestors. "
" I have experienced within my own lifetime the attack of my winter camp and the killing of the women and children. It left me even angrier than I was - and I was never too calm to begin with. "
" I knew I had to stop running. I had to be in a place. Los Angeles became that place. "
" I'm a member of the American Indian Movement, and I'm from the indigenous nations of the Western Hemisphere. "
" I'm basically a starving artist. "
" I'm not a musician making words to go with my music. "
" In a personal context, I'm not in the ground, and I'm not in an institution. So I guess I'm doing pretty good. "
" It's always good to go home. It's strengthening to see your past and know you have someplace to go where you're part of a people. "
" I wanted to take the power of thought and the word, along with the power of speaking and heart, and see if we could wire what was coming out of us as humans with electric instruments. "
" I was going mad. One day, I just started writing, and it was like therapy because I was in a position where I couldn't rage. I never expected to be a writer; it's a different world than I ever expected to be in. "
" I wasn't interested in having to live with a camera - I have a hard enough time getting along with myself. I don't need cameras around and all that action. "
" Life is all about the spirit. "
" My influences in this world have always been Crazy Horse and Malcolm X, my overall influences. But I was influenced by rock n' roll, blues, and country music. I was influenced by singers. "
" One Earth, one mother - one does not sell the Earth. "
" The average human being in America is going through some sort of hard times - physical, emotional, psychological. Everybody's carrying a bit of bone days in them. "
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