I will never forget the first time I ever heard John Trudell speak. His tone and demeanor commanded me to listen. The urgency with which he delivered his message was what caught my attention.
It was on the steps at the state capitol in Denver in 1976. Trudell has a way with words unlike any other speaker I have heard to this day. The clarity with which he describes his world view is unlike anyone I've ever heard speaking in public. You walk away a changed person after hearing him.
Another time I saw him was at the Auraria Campus in 1983, when he was touring colleges promoting the release of his Tribal Voice recording. He was booked in one of the larger classrooms in the Science building and a group of students gathered to hear his presentation....it was amazing...spoken word with traditional indigenous vocalizations backing him. I still have one of the two cassettes I bought somewhere in my library of music. Years later I bought multiple copies when Tribal Voice was released on CD and gave them away to friends and family, gifting them with the intense wisdom of this amazing individual. My brother and I have virtually everything he ever released.
I am very saddened to hear that John will be leaving this life and I know that many will miss him. His amazing mind has reached many around this planet. I am praying for John Trudell...that his journey to the other side is peaceful and that he will be re-united with the family he lost, the sacrifice he was forced to make for having shared his world view with those who had no choice but to listen.
There is only one John Trudell and the world will wait a long time for another.