Let’s expand the kind of songs we usually upload here and listen to this song by Samingad, a Taiwanese aboriginal singer of the Puyuma tribe. According to youtube commenters, the English title of this song is “Wild Fire”.
Samingad is reportedly more famous in Japan than in her native Taiwan. You can read more about her here.
The Ballad of Ira Hayes is a song written by Peter La Farge in honor of Ira Hayes, a Pima Indian who served in the US Marines during World War II. You can read more about him at wikipedia. The footages included in this video appear to have been taken from the movie, Flags of Our Fathers which stars Adam Beach, the Ojibwa actor we blogged about a year ago.
Is there hope for this country? Of course, but you won’t find it in our “leaders” or in our politicians.
Instead, you will find it in ordinary people like the Higaonon farmers of Sumilao, Bukidnon who walked (and are walking) from Mindanao to Manila.
Why are they doing this? Are they crazy? Of course not. They are doing this historic walk to ask the government to give them titles to their land. Under the agrarian reform law, this land should have been awarded to them years ago.