Watching Over Me [The Eagle Legend]

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From the album "Presto Change-O [Abracadabra]". Licensed by Sony Entertainment. This tribute song hits close to home, Long Island, New York is home to many Native American tribes, Unkechaug, Merric, Matinecock, Nissequog, Setalcott, Corchaug [Cutchogue], Marsapeague, Secatogue, Shinnecock, Montauk, the Manhassets inhab¬ited Shelter Island. This is a story about the Shinnecock Nation who’s greatest chief was “Chief Thunderbird’ of the Thunderbird family. He and my mother were close friends and as a child we would travel out to Southampton to see them. Those were my only childhood memories of reservation life. Growing up in the out-world as it is commonly referred you lose touch with your Native roots. Chief Thunderbird was traditional and progressive at the same time. Working at the United Nations my mother represented Native America and Afro-America simultaneously. Her last dying wish was fulfilled and now native crafts are on display and for sale inside the United Nations store for the world to experience. She always told me that the “Great Eagle” was a sign and that as long as I kept my covenant to God to protect the lands, honor ‘Mother Earth” and her resources that I would never be alone and would always have an abundance of food and shelter options. The eagle still watches over all the Native peoples who have suffered under the most horrendous acts of slavery, brutality, hatred and poverty since the slave days. Only in the last twenty years after Ronald Reagan released their money has Native America shined brightly in the “New Business World”. The Shinnecock Indians are the surviving ancestors of the 1817 “Prince Phillip Land Wars’, where the settlers waited until nightfall, attacked a Pequot village near the waters of Long Island Sound. Men, women and children were massacred in their sleep, only by the grace of god did some escape coming to Long Island. The Quoague Nation took them in but it was the Unkechaug one of the largest and oldest Iroquois [220 B.C. Hopewell Generation] nations that gave them the land in an area known to the Indians as Poospatuck [Where Two Waters Meet], Shinnecock & Great Peconic Bays. Today the Shinnecocks have finally gotten their status clarified as official Pequot Band Indians. Shinnecock Restaurant & Native Gift Shop prospers and the “Thunderbird Sisters” [daughters of Chief Thunderbird] still play music. Now they market the best hand turned Native coffee on the east coast. Thunder Island Coffee Link; Facebook Link; // 12 Long Island expose on you Tube; Thunder Island Coffee “Be Picky” is their catch fraise and it’s great! Partial Source: THE LONG ISLAND INDIANS BY THOMAS R. BAYLES contact me: // #audio #Native American #Native #American #Dance #Cinematic #Tribute #Cinematic

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