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More Dub About IR 30 Indigenous Visions

IR :: Indigenous ResistanceWelcome to this dub space! Over the course of time this will be where you will find extracts from this new book, musical tracks related to its contents , special audio readings of some the chapters  in addition to some of the beautiful art by Dubdem that is present in this book. This will be the place to find that extra dub that is attached to IR 30 Indigenous Visions In Dub.To begin, here is where you can find the full colour version of this richly illustrated 188 page paperback book .The book deals with a variety of topics.There is a special focus on indigenous rights espcially in Brasil ,the murder of Pataxo warrior Galdino and the reality facing indigenous people in Brasil.The political and spiritual links between Black and indigenous peoples throughout the Americas is also explored.All this is accompanied by beautiful artwork and posters by Dubdem and different images of street art and murals IR has created in different parts of the world like Colombia.

Dubdem has also created a beautifully nuanced black and white version of the book that we call the Shapeshifter mix.You can get it  here
and we are also happy that this version of the book is available for a more affordable $ 11. 20 price. Special thanks to Tapedave for the digital uploading,extra design touches  and logistical help to get this version online.

One of the things we will be doing on this site is to bring you IR:: Indigenous Resistance musical tracks that incorporate some of the text from the IR30 book. Tapedave has created this special poster for us


which we will use to  identify  whenever we post an IR musical track that uses as lyrics some text from the book  IR 30 Indigenous Visions In Dub.

For us we have always approached the words, knowledge , text in this book as something to be shared in different creative ways such as putting the words to music.

The first piece we would like to share with you is an Indigenous Resistance track produced by Herman Soy Sos Pearl called ” Indigenous and sacred” In this mix singer Christiane D sings some of the words that are in the chapter featuring Tohununo.

Here  are some of the words that you heard on “indigenous and sacred ” that are also in IR30 book.

“understand the concept of sacred things

learn that there are moments to hold things close

wait wait for the right moment to reveal them

because they will carry with them a scared power

learn learn to be quiet

there are moments to speak

moments to listen

in times of danger

be still


the money world

this money world is moving too fast

for people to take notice    of things

things that are important

this is the blindness that will defeat them

open your eyes to the concept of sacred things”

Dubdem poster found in the visual revolution chapter of IR30 book

Dubdem poster found in the visual revolution chapter of IR30 book

We will also be presenting on this site audio readings of excerpts from this book . You will be able to identify whenever we present an accapella reading from the book whenever you see this poster designed by Tapedave.

The first reading we would like to present is a passage which recounts the meeting and friendship of a revolutionary Ras Tafari writer from Jamaica and an Aboriginal child in Canada . This is a free download .

IR 30 Indigenous Visions In Dub is full of alot of dub art wether it is dub illustrations by Dubdem or various street art murals that IR has organised in different parts of the world.

Here is one mural  that IR organised  and created in conjunction with Colombian artist Chite Yarumo . It can be found in the Candelaria district in Bogota.From left to right you see Jamaican Ras Tafari poet& singer Jah9 who collaborated with IR on a track with Sawandi ” Galdino Pataxo Warrior” in honour of the murdered Brasilian warrior. Beside her is hardcore indigenous Hawaiian activist & author Hualani Kay Trask . The final figure on the right is Poundmaker a 19th century Plains Cree resistance leader from Canada. A very dub spiritual man Poundmaker had long dreadlocks which he refused to cut.

IR mural in Bogota by artist chite yarumo. The figures you see on the wall are Jah 9,Hualani Trask and Poundmaker. Theres code in the images .look carefully at them!

IR mural in Bogota by artist chite yarumo. The figures you see on the wall are Jah 9,Hualani Trask and Poundmaker. Theres code in the images .look carefully at them!

Written in spanish beside the figure of Jah9 is a quote from Douglas Cardinal that can be found in IR30 Indigenous Visions in Dub book.The quote on the wall says ” we need create a language which shows respect for women .If as men we walked in the shoes of women we would be outraged !”
Douglas Cardinal in the book goes on to further state “I think we have a responsibility to get over there with the women and to walk with them, we have the responsibility to understand where they are coming from, to listen and to respond to them. And it’s hard sometimes because they have also been programmed by men to be our reflection instead of themselves. But when women speak out that have an understanding of who they are as women and what their contributions is, we should listen and support them, rather than domineer and annihilate them and it should be our task to learn from them.”

Richard Marcus of the site  ” Empty Mirror ” has written a review of IR30 book. You can read it here
Here is a section of his review
“To my mind the most fascinating readings in this book are the quotes from Douglas Cardinal and John Trudell. Cardinal’s words on the nature of power and the way women are treated are stated so matter of factually it makes you wonder how anyone could act any differently. On women he sums things up very succinctly, “One has to state that all the premises that men have of women are basically wrong and you start from there. Even the language is wrong”. He uses the same directness of language in his discussion on the nature of power, “I have learnt…that the most powerful force is soft power, caring and commitment together. Soft power is more powerful than adversarial or hard power because it is resilient”.
Trudell’s words resonate with a different kind of power. He is someone who knows the power of the mind and the power of words (The FBI once referred to him as one of the most dangerous men in America simply because of the power of his oratory). In a poem quoted in the book he speaks out against the frameworks of European society imposed upon his people as being the instruments of their destruction. Why should he support purported democracy when all it has done is make of his people (along with African Americans and women) second class citizens who are treated like chattel? “We live in a political society/Where they have all power/by their definition of power/but they fear the people who go/out and speak the truth”.

Indigenous Jamicans – Image from IR 30: Indigenous Visions In Dub
Trudell’s summation of his oppressors’ attitudes is spot on. Why, if they believe themselves to be so powerful by their own definitions (money and societal position being the two we value the most), are they so scared of those who speak out about injustice and the poverty of the few? Are they afraid people will see how insubstantial their claims to power truly are?
Our governments give occasional lip service to the plight of Native Americans and Canada’s First Nation’s people, but their policy of doing nothing and hoping the problem goes away has now become official. New acts passed in both the Federal legislations of Canada and the US are designed to ensure the numbers of registered, or status, indigenous people decline to the point where they can take back the reserves and reservations because there will no longer be enough “Indians”. Yet anyone who dares speak this truth is called paranoid and deceptive. Who in fact are the more paranoid and deceptive – the ones cynically trying to get rid of “The Indian Problem” or the ones who are the subject to these draconian laws? (For anyone interested in reading about these new acts I recommend Thomas Kings’s The Inconvenient Indian.)”


This is the soundcloud link for the IR track “IR Dravidian:Dr Das Simplicity of Dub Mix with Indigenous Rebel Child Intro” contains a passage from IR 30 Indigenous Visions In Dub”

On this IR Indigenous Resistance reworking of dj Soundar & Jklur “Dravidian Spirit” you hear some new elements in this mix which was done by Dr Das. Dub Jamaican writer Dutty Bookman voices the following thoughts by indigenous activist John Trudell former chairperson of the American Indian Movement ..An activist whose power of oratory was so feared by the F.B.I that they had a 20,000 page file on him. The following is an excerpt from IR 30 Indigenous Visions In Dub”
‘Leaders know you can’t trust one who follows.Followers know not to trust one who leads.They say whoever has the most money has the most power.That’s not true.Whoever makes the most money ,basically is greedy !They say whoever controls the political vote system that’s power.No thats not power.That’s exploitation and deceit!But if we believe these things are power then obviously we dont know ourselves and we don’t trust ourselves enough to know that we are connected to the real power source which is life and earth.”

This is an accapela reading of an excerpt from IR 30 Indigenous Visions In Dub the chapter dealing with the realities and steroetypes facing indigenous people in Brasil