Moon Dancer

August 23 2020

The 18 station MBC Network has picked up and has playlisted this important social commentary. The suicide rate among first nations youth is an epidemic and points to a deep sense of despair and disconnection from the spirit of ancestry that has been buried by shame and alcoholism.

I have tried to write this as a metaphor that arouses the sense of passion that likens the young indigenous narrator to the wild Mustang has been culled to the point that only a handful roam the ranges of the Saskatchewan prairie in the Bronson Forest Herd. These beautiful animals were brought to North America by Spanish Conquistadors. Other herds across North America are facing similar fates and need to be protected from the ruthless threat of humans who do not appreciate their incredible wild beauty. Told from the point of view of an indigenous man, Moon Dancer is filled with artful metaphors that frame the refusal of nature to be harnessed by the pressures of human progress. "a coat the color of black gold the white man bargains on"...."she leads the herd that tramples down the white man's grain." ~ Lloyd Tosoff, Songwriter