Remembering the Life and Legacy of John Trudell
Activist, poet, and Native thinker John Trudell walked on December 8 at the age of 69. “I want people to remember me as they remember me,” he said.
” John Trudell was a Santee Dakota activist, artist, actor, and poet, who led a life dedicated to indigenous human rights, land and language issues. He helped spark a spoken word movement that is a continuation of Native American oral traditions. He walked on December 8 at the age of 69. ”
As the story notes, the FBI thought Trudell was dangerous in part because he was eloquent. His eloquence will live on in his poetry.
He wrote that “Our bones, flesh and blood are made up of the metals, liquids and minerals of the earth and everything on this planet is made up of the same things. As humans we have being, so everything on the earth does too in our culture, because we are made of the same thing.”
We often pretend that’s not the case. He will be missed. He walked on but his words did not.