We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking John Trudell Quotes. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.
All that I am is me. So I’m not really a poet or a writer or an actor or an activist; I’m me, and these are things that I do.
I don’t write as much now as I used to, but I write. The lines still come, maybe periodically, and I’ll go through these little bursts of time where I write a lot of things then a long period of time where maybe I don’t write anything.
One Earth, one mother – one does not sell the Earth.
Because we are all of an oral tradition in our beginning histories, the voice of the poet in this particular society will be heard.
I have experienced within my own lifetime the attack of my winter camp and the killing of the women and children. It left me even angrier than I was – and I was never too calm to begin with.
For decades, my identity was political, but I’ve come to understand that there’s no political solution when you’re dealing with someone else’s rules.
For us, it’s a matter of just staying alive and getting the best deal we can now. Eventually, this will all straighten out. It may be two generations away or 10 generations away, but time is irrelevant in that sense. As long as we, as a people, stay alive, we will survive.
I wanted to take the power of thought and the word, along with the power of speaking and heart, and see if we could wire what was coming out of us as humans with electric instruments.
Everybody interprets things differently with their own perception, and I want poetry to pull out of them their own feelings.
The average human being in America is going through some sort of hard times – physical, emotional, psychological. Everybody’s carrying a bit of bone days in them.
I’m a member of the American Indian Movement, and I’m from the indigenous nations of the Western Hemisphere.
There have been some positive things that have happened for the tribes, but it’s a constant, vigilant fight about protecting what resources we have in terms of land and rights.
I have a real interest in working with younger Native artists. I think it’s a very important way for Native people to communicate the realities of our culture and remember our ancestors.
All politics to me – Indian or white – is an illusion preventing us from being authentic because we’re communicating through something that isn’t real to us.
You go back and you read your Constitution. You read your Declaration of Independence. And you will see that the only people who could decide these freedoms were white males who owned property, and all the rest of us were excluded.
When one lives in a society where people can no longer rely on the institutions to tell them the truth, the truth must come from culture and art.
I appreciate all of your expressions of concern, and I appreciate all of your expressions of love. It has been like a fire to my heart.
What I view life like is about energy. Everything is about energy – everything. We physically are little units of electrical energy, and we vibrate and project electromagnetic thought.
When I left politics in the early Eighties and started writing and recording, my idea was that I could have an influence further down into other generations. That Natives could come into the culture through arts and music.
I’m basically a starving artist.
Life is all about the spirit.
Before Little Bighorn, Sitting Bull had dream of soldiers falling from the sky.
White people don’t seem to have many Elders. They do have a lot of oldsters.
It’s always good to go home. It’s strengthening to see your past and know you have someplace to go where you’re part of a people.
My influences in this world have always been Crazy Horse and Malcolm X, my overall influences. But I was influenced by rock n’ roll, blues, and country music. I was influenced by singers.
I consider the electric guitar to be like a drum with strings. It became the drum of the Baby Boom generation. And the drum has always been the center of the tribe, a new electronic tribe.
From activist stage, I just spoke and said whatever I had to say. When the writing started, I would just read it. Then I had the interest into going into musical aspects. When that happened in ’86, I liked the result of work we did in the studio.
They took all our land; I don’t have any land to toil. My crops have to grow somewhere else.
In a personal context, I’m not in the ground, and I’m not in an institution. So I guess I’m doing pretty good.
I find there is room in music to talk with music. It may expand ways people can participate with music. It doesn’t sound hokey or like some kind of voice-over.