Is This Our Land? Storyteller Reflects on Grandmother and History
Storyteller Mama Edie McLoud Armstrong tells viewers about her grandmother, a Seminole/Cherokee/Blackfoot woman who was born around 1890.
Her name was Estella Hunt McCloud and the two of of them would sometimes watch old Westerns together. Armstrong was too young at the time to understand why her grandmother “didn’t care for the portrayal” of the invading cavalry as the good guys and the Natives, who were protecting their homes and lives, as the bad guys.
Her grandmother would take off her house slipper, throw it at the television and yell, “Leave ‘em alone you dirty rascals!”
Later in life, she came to understand her grandmother’s anger and began to feel it herself. Armstrong saw it in other places, like the song “This Land Is Your Land.”
“As I began to see how the country really functioned and who was important and who was not, I wasn’t really so inspired to sing that song,” she says in the video. “But that’s not the way it happened here so I came to understand my grandmother’s anger.”
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