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Part 3 – Eskenoopetitj

Part 3 Eskenoôpetitj – recorded music and live voice, video
composer: Wende Bartley (commissioned)

About the 1999-2000 dispute of the Eskenoôpetitj First Nation of New Brunswick with the Government of Canada. The song is in three parts and three voices. The first is text from the Treaty of 1752 – the Treaty of Peace and Friendship Renewed, outlining the Crown’s obligations to the Mi’kmaq, followed by an epilogue. The second part is based on conversations the artist had with two women on the Eskenoôpetit reserve in the summer of 2002 and the third is the artist’s reflection. The videotape is edited footage shot by the Christian Peacemaker Team during the dispute and was obtained with the permission of the community of Eskenoôpetitj.

SONG FOR A BLUE MOON
(text excerpts from Part 3: Eskenoôpetitj)

We’d leave our work
go down to the wharf
make sure nobody got hurt.
We’d leave our work
go down to the wharf
make sure nobody got hurt
got hurt,
nobody got hurt.
………….

The women are the backbone,
the backbone of the community.
The women are the backbone,
the backbone of the community.
We keep the men going.
Eh oh eh oh eh oh
…………

I live on Turtle Island
I hear the voices of my ancestors
Lying, stealing, cheating.
…………

May the Seven Grandfathers guide me
May the Seven Grandfathers guide me
Humility
Bravery
Wisdom
Honesty
Truth
Respect
Love

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