|Spoken Word – DJ Kwe – Native Symphony Album Dedicated to Washutamah|
|As an Aboriginal Artist I always feel drawn to showcase the talents of our community. In the land of ME ME ME, I met my dear friend and now adopted Auntie Washutamah (Dan Tsewei), who is always giving everything she has to others and often finds herself in physical debt with her health. All proceeds of this spoken word track will go to my Auntie to pay for basic food and shelter. This is not charity, this is a social enterprise that empowers Aboriginal Artists to reach for the stars. Although she didn’t create the spoken word, it is dedicated to My Auntie because she is an amazing Nishnawbe Kwe. It is with great honour and love that I introduce to you, Auntie Washutamah or Dan Tsewei her english name.
“I am extremely sensitive to people s misery, pain, hurt, traumatic times and loneliness…it hurts me to see people, especially our own people suffer from any kind of problems and pain..”
Auntie Washutamah or Dan Tsewei her english name.”I am extremely sensitive to people s misery, pain, hurt, traumatic times and loneliness…it hurts me to see people, especially our own people suffer from any kind of problems and pain..”
“Washutamah… I am a Wendat. Like Wyandott fr Oklahoma,, but we re from quebec, ontario before,,,
Wyandot people – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Can you tell us a little bit about your experience with Residential School?
# 1 Fortunately but not fortunately, I did go six (6) years at different Non-Native residential schools around the province of Quebec. Due to much turmoil at home and at our local school, mom decided I d be better off in a ” good” and “safe” place where I’d have peace and a stable environment. These residential schools were for orphans and children who were mainly under the care of social services which I was not. I was my own case in a lost and racist environment which slowly but surely drove me to become very quite and very observant. Never fitting in, I felt lots of rejection and racism from the nuns and surroundings.
How did Residential School impact the rest of your life?
# 2 Residential school had at some point one good factor that I could say impacted me; the fact that I didn’t hear my parents fight at night, no alcohol around and more Peace, somehow… Nothing else much…I learnt to look after myself very early and that still follows me today… Independence…
How do you move on from such an experience?
# 3 I am extremely sensitive to people s misery, pain, hurt, traumatic times and loneliness…it hurts me to see people, especially our own people suffer from any kind of problems and pain.. I lived it and whenever I hear, see or relive it, I freeze, I go back in the past and see the hard road of loneliness and heartache pass before my eyes…very hard…
What does the spoken word piece that DJ Kwe created reflective of your experience?
#4 As DJ Kwe ‘ reflection about past experiences and as she expresses them through her work, I can relate to those days of crumbs and thorny roses..lol . All that we are today comes from a certain past, heavy or light, the will to survive Alone as a child and make decisions as an adult.. Tough..I can relate to Dj Kwe… Practically raised by herself..making it to where she wanted and never complaining.. She is a hero. I could say much more, she is the image of willpower, strength and determination..I could feel it right away through the magic of fb,, ( it was in our case) lol. No hazard,.. Connection and there we are…
What is your opinion about the album Native Symphony?
# 5 Brilliant idea, never heard of Native symphony before, all the mixes, the beats, the different sounds entwining together and bringing us into the past or present and being part of the drumbeats from different Nations and getting along so good together….just can t do anything else than making us appreciate the power of music mix by Dj Kwe.. Unique! Incredibly awesome…
If you had the chance to speak to the world, what would you leave with us to remember?
#6 If I had the chance to speak to the world, I d like to have just a few words to say but meaningful, true and powerful.. ” Take time for everything!” “Take time to listen to the power of the drums” Take time to look around you. Take time to rest and time to live Just take time.. It is Precious… Time is the father of truth and we can find it anywhere…. Follow the signs……