“Stand With Us” is our prayer of solidarity & support for the Lakota Sioux Nation, & all the water protectors who have converged in North Dakota at Standing Rock Reservation to support the Dakota Access Pipeline resistance efforts.
This is the first time in centuries that all the indigenous nations of Turtle Island (America) have come together in unity & guardianship for our Earth.
This unprecedented tribal convergence has been catalyzed by the pipeline, but is representative of something much larger & more profound than a protest.
“Stand With Us” features the prayers of Yona FrenchHawk, one of the few remaining full-blooded Cherokee (Tsalagi) people who fluently speak their native tongue, and a part of the Cherokee Bird Clan.
We recorded his prayer in front of a bowl of water containing drops of water from over 400 different sacred sites where he has performed ceremony to honor the waters of life.
May this song and prayer illuminate the magnificence and significance of this movement in the hearts of all beings. May it offer strength and solidarity to the souls of all who are standing up in this way to protect our beloved Earth Mother.
Produced, recorded, and mixed by Summit Jaffe (Numatik)
Vocal Prayer: Yona FrenchHawk of the Cherokee First Nation
Acoustic Guitar: David Brown of Rising Appalachia
Didjeridoo: Summit Jaffe
Mastering: Anthony Thogmartin of Papadosio
Special thanks to Heidi Fiscus for holding sacred receptive space while we recorded Yona’s prayers!!
Album Art donated by Joshua Smith (Lightsmith)