I am so completely moved by these words and their powerful truths. The cycles of oppression and violence, brokenness and fear have directly impacted indigenous peoples of all backgrounds, cultures and faiths. Included in this are women of European descent.. the women who are my ancestors. The women whose stories are written into my bones. Now more than ever I have been called to look deeper into these stories and uncover what has for so long been lost and suppressed within my family history. My work in this life is ever growing in the direction towards returning to our roots, reclaiming indigenous practices and teachings and learning the ways of our ancestors. So thankful for the wisdom that Lyla brings to this.
from Lyla June:
"I wrote this song to honor my European ancestors. Although I am mainly Native American, I have always been ashamed of my European heritage. Because I thought it associated me with heartless colonizers. Upon looking further, I found that European Indigenous Peoples suffered the same violence and Native Americans did. In fact, roughly 6-9 million women are persecuted as witches. Some of them were burned alive, drowned alive, raped beaten and/or tortured for simply using medicinal plants or not getting pregnant after marriage, or all kinds of insane reasons. These were the indigenous women of Europe who held all the traditional knowledge and practices. And so, I am no longer ashamed. I see that this colonizing attitude actually was born out of the trauma of being colonized. The cycle continued but it stops with us when we choose peace over war. I am not ashamed. I am very proud to be of this beautiful river of people and heritage. I am lucky to have both sacred bloods running through my veins. Love to all of you and here's to all of us loving who and what we are."
Video below of her performing the song live.