California Indians

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Yeh, feel the California sun beating down
Yeh, see the pretty roses sprout from the ground
You hear voices whisper through the mission walls
Louder than all the kids and their parents’ cel phone calls

If you stop to listen
You can hear their hearts beating loud

CHORUS

Can’t keep those California Indians down
They’re tough and resilient
And holding their ground
Can’t keep those California Indians down
From Miwok to Viejas
They are still standing proud

Toypurina led a mission revolt
Ishi emerged from the woods and took the whole world by storm
Pomo Basket weavers practice their art
Cahuilla Bird Singers are practicing their parts

If you stop to listen
You can hear their hears beating loud

CHORUS

Can’t keep those California Indians down
They’re tough and resilient
And holding their ground
Can’t keep those California Indians down
From Chumash to Choinumni
They are still standing proud

If you stop to listen
You can hear their hearts beating loud

CHORUS

Can’t keep those California Indians down
They’re tough and resilient
And holding their ground
Can’t keep those California Indians down
From Wintu to Wiyot
They are still standing proud

Written by Arigon Starr
©2002 Starrwatcher Publishing (ASCAP)
Lyrics reprinted by Kind Permission

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ABOUT “CALIFORNIA INDIANS”

This is an homage to all of my friends who are from California based tribes. California has one of the largest Indian populations in the United States. All the tribes mentioned in the song are REAL ones — and they are from all over the state. California ia more than surfers, Hollywood and new agers — it’s Indian Country!

>Also — this track is the theme song of KPFK-FM’s weekly radio show “American Indian Airwaves,” broadcast in Los Angeles every Tuesday evening from 8:00-9:00pm.