By Brenda Norrell
The Renegade Walkers of the Long Walk 3 across America, for the Reversal of Diabetes, are nearing their destination, Washington DC.
Walking against the odds, these four Native long walkers are Manny Calapoo of Warm Springs, Oregon; T-Hawk, Tongan and Mohawk; Lisa Peake, Ojibwe/Pomo and Carl Bad Bear Sampson, Western Shoshone. They are joined by Paul Owns the Sabre, Lakota elder from Cheyenne River, South Dakota. Owns the Sabre was one of the original walkers in the 1978 Long Walk across America for Native American rights. Peake and Sampson walked across America in 2008 on the Long Walk 2 northern route.
They will be in DC for Long Walk 3 diabetes awareness events the first week of July.
To lend a helping hand to support the Renegade Walkers, please call Manny or Carl at 605-848-0508.
T-HAWK is a native musician/artist on the red road with a unique blend of traditional/contemporary music in the form of NATIVE HIP-HOP. This West Coast Music Award winner Contemporary artist of the year for 2009/2010 indigenous roots are the foundation of the sound that soothes the spirit and shakes the soul. He is an enrolled member of the Mohawk tribe of the Haudanasaunee (Iroquois) peoples via. Six Nations Reserve, Oshweken, Canada (by mother, turtle clan) from the east, highly influences his combative lyrical style that is reminiscent of the east coast. T-HAWK also creates and produces his own ecclectic, ambient beat style of the west coast reminiscent of his Polynesian roots (by father) via. The Kingdom of Tonga. A group of islands located in the deep south Pacific Ocean. This musician/lyricist is an inspirational spiritual warrior combining many elements of Native style music making: hand drum, shakers, flutes, and many other organic instruments formulated and sprinkled with traditional chants/singing. The lyrical content is spiritual, native, movement, conscious, with a postive outlook reflecting his spiritual journey across the Turtle’s back. The knowledge and wisdom reflects the light of his ceremonial experiences within each and every song. Songs from his 2 most recent albums The Blessing and A Purpose can be reviewed and listened to at: www.myspace.com/unitednationzproductionz
Cell phone photos by Carl Bad Bear Sampson and Manny Calapoo for Censored News.