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Entertainment 'Your Land'? Some Native Americans question inaugural song

03:50  22 january  2021
03:50  22 january  2021 Source:   msn.com

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"This Land Is Your Land " is one of the United States' most famous folk songs . Its lyrics were written by American folk singer Woody Guthrie in 1940, based on an existing melody, a Carter Family tune called "When the World's on Fire", in critical response to Irving Berlin's "God Bless America ."

Written by Gene Scheer, the song was first performed by Denyce Graves in 1998President Joseph R. Biden Jr., January 2021 (Rob Carr/Getty Images)Joseph R. Biden. Joseph R. Biden Jr. delivered his inaugural address today after being sworn in as the 46th president of the United States.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — On the first day of Joe Biden's presidency, Native Americans had reason to celebrate. Biden halted construction of the border wall that threatened to physically separate Indigenous people living on both sides.

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2021, file photo, Jennifer Lopez performs during President Joe Biden’s inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Some tribal members complained about the mishmash of songs sung by Lopez that included lyrics from “This Land is your Land.” (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2021, file photo, Jennifer Lopez performs during President Joe Biden’s inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Some tribal members complained about the mishmash of songs sung by Lopez that included lyrics from “This Land is your Land.” (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool, File)

He also revoked a permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline that tribes fought in court for years, and he agreed to restore the boundaries of the first national monument created specifically at the request of tribes in southern Utah. Inaugural events showcased tribes across the country in traditional regalia, dancing and in prayer.

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FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2021, file photo, Rep. Deb Haaland, a Democrat from New Mexico and nominee to be secretary of the interior for President Joe Biden, wears a mask while attending the 59th presidential inauguration in Washington. If confirmed, she would lead the Interior Department, which oversees tribal affairs, and she would be the first Native American in a Cabinet post. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool Photo via AP, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2021, file photo, Rep. Deb Haaland, a Democrat from New Mexico and nominee to be secretary of the interior for President Joe Biden, wears a mask while attending the 59th presidential inauguration in Washington. If confirmed, she would lead the Interior Department, which oversees tribal affairs, and she would be the first Native American in a Cabinet post. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool Photo via AP, File)

But amid the revelry, some Native Americans saw a glitch in Wednesday's swearing-in ceremony. The only mention of Indigenous people came in the benediction delivered by the Rev. Silvester Beaman. And then there was the mishmash of songs sung by Jennifer Lopez that included lyrics from “This Land is Your Land." The folk tune is popular around campfires and in grade schools, but it also called to mind the nation's long history of land disputes involving tribes.

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“This is America ’s day,” President Biden said as he began his Inaugural Address. His speech was an impactful address to a country struggling on several fronts. The inauguration was scaled down due to the raging coronavirus pandemic that's claimed more than 400,000 American lives.

In this image from video, Demi Lovato performs with Denny MedicineBird, who is Kiowa and Cheyenne Arapaho, in the background during the Celebrating America event on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, following the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States. (Biden Inaugural Committee via AP) © Provided by Associated Press In this image from video, Demi Lovato performs with Denny MedicineBird, who is Kiowa and Cheyenne Arapaho, in the background during the Celebrating America event on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, following the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States. (Biden Inaugural Committee via AP)

“Oh, I love J.Lo," said Kristen Herring, who is Lumbee and lives in Austin, Texas. “It wasn't super disappointing that she sang it. But I was like, ‘Oh, why did that have to be on the list of things to sing?’"

Woody Guthrie, who wrote the song in the 1940s, meant it as a retort to “God Bless America” and a rebuke to monetizing land at a time of economic crisis, said Gustavus Stadler, an English professor and author of “Woodie Guthrie: An Intimate Life."

Lopez put a twist on it, throwing in part of the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish that translates to “justice for all.” The Guthrie song has been a symbol of equality, inclusion and unity.

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  Jennifer Lopez Declares Let's Get Loud During Inauguration Performance Jennifer Lopez was among the celebrity guest performers during Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday afternoon, performing a medley of This Land Is Your Land and America The Beautiful. However, it was the inclusion of a rather different song altogether that really caught people’s attention online. We’ve got three words. Let’s. Get. Loud. Jennifer Lopez belts out her version of "This Land Is Your Land" during the inauguration ceremony for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. pic.twitter.

The Native Americans claim that they have lived there since the beginning of time. There is also an opinion that they migrated there in prehistoric times via the Bering Strait Land Bridge. Some researchers believe that they came from Siberia or Asia. All these are still only hypotheses.

Some Native Americans were nomadic (did not live in one place, but travelled between seasons) Music and dance were important parts of the Native American culture. Songs were sung at Today, some of the descendants of the original American Indians live on areas of land called reservations.

Lady Gaga sang a rendition of it at the Super Bowl months after Donald Trump took office. It was part of Barack Obama's inaugural programming, with a trio of singers, including Bruce Springsteen, adding back some of the original, more controversial verses.

But arriving amid an effort by some tribes to be recognized as stewards of ancestral land, a movement known as Land Back, the lyrics hit the wrong note for some tribal members.

“It's a nice little sentiment that America is this mixing pot,” said Benny Wayne Sully, who is Sicangu Lakota and lives in Los Angeles. “But does anybody believe this land was made for you and me? Or was it made for white folks? People forget this land was made of brown people before it was colonized."

Rep. Deb Haaland, who is from Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico, acknowledged that perspective in a virtual welcoming to the inaugural events over the weekend. She's been nominated to lead the Interior Department, which oversees tribal affairs. If confirmed, she would be the first Native American in a Cabinet post.

That's one of the reasons Cherie Tebo was able to look past the song that she said was inappropriate and emphasized how little some Americans know about Indigenous people. She sees an opportunity for tribes to have a seat at the table in Biden's administration, citing Haaland and Winnebago tribal member Ann Marie Bledsoe Downes, who has been named a deputy solicitor for the Interior Department.

“In order to make it work, ‘this land is your land, this land is my land,' people (need) to understand it doesn’t belong to us,” said Tebo, who also is Winnebago. “If anything, we belong to it. And when our land is sick, we are sick."

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Fonseca is a member of The Associated Press' Race and Ethnicity team. Follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/FonsecaAP.

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