On Thursday, indigenous DJ collective A Tribe Called Red gave fans a Thanksgiving treat titled, “Burn Your Village To The Ground.”
They shared the pulsating track with the following message via newsletter and Facebook:
On this fourth Thursday of November, you might ask yourself: do Indians celebrate Thanksgiving? Well… Thanksgiving is a complicated holiday for Native people. In a way, each day is a day of thanksgiving to the Creator for the original people of Turtle Island. This doesn’t mean that we don’t enjoy turkey, pie and family as much as the next person, but at the same time the Thanksgiving myth largely shared in mainstream culture perpetuates a one sided view of a complicated history surrounding this holiday. Here’s an informed indigenous view on Thanksgiving: Do American Indians celebrate Thanksgiving?
“Burn Your Village” incorporates a soundbite from the best scene in 1993’s Addams Family Values, when Wednesday (played by actress Christina Ricci) says in part:
“You have taken the land which is rightfully ours. Years from now my people will be forced to live in mobile homes on reservations. Your people will wear cardigans, and drink highballs. We will sell our bracelets by the road sides, you will play golf, and enjoy hot hors d’oeuvres. My people will have pain and degradation. Your people will have stick shifts. The gods of my tribe have spoken. They have said, ‘Do not trust the Pilgrims.’ And for all these reasons I have decided to scalp you and burn your village to the ground.”
Dope. “Burn Your Village” almost ends too soon, lasting just over 3 minutes, so you’ll have to loop it yourself. Enjoy an download it for free above.