“America the Beautiful”???

Have you ever wondered what the Native American perspective is of the song, “America the Beautiful?”  Here is your chance to find out.

The song’s original lyrics sing the praises of the natural beauty of this continent, referring to it as wilderness. There is no mention of the original inhabitants.

My Native American friend, songwriter Tia Shawnté, wrote “Native Son” in 1990 for Mother Earth, set to the melody of “America the Beautiful.’

She has performed the song across the United States and the mayor of Austin, Texas declared February 4 as Tia Shawnté Day. She has just released a music video of the song, which you can watch below.

From the video notes on YouTube:  “Native Son” is a music video tribute to Mother Earth, told from a Native American perspective.

Tia Shawnté is the creator of “Native Son” and vocalist. Tia is Native American. Her grandmother was an original enrollee of the Chickasaw tribe.

Tia’s mother was half-Chickasaw and half-English and was not allowed to learn her native language in the boarding schools she attended.

Tia created “Native Son” while she was living in Nashville, where a large corporation was going to build a landfill on American Indian burial sites. Tia was greatly saddened and led to write Native Son as a Native American and environmental plea for justice.


Molly Larkin is the co-author of the international best-seller “The Wind Is My Mother; The Life and Teachings of a Native American Shaman.” She is passionate about helping people live life to their fullest potential through her classes and blog at www.MollyLarkin.com
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  1. Ellinor Halle

    I bow my head in respect and in sorrow….

    • Molly Larkin

      Thank you, Ellinor.

  2. audrey

    So very true yet so many citezens fail to recognize this or are in denial of the truth!

    • Molly Larkin

      I agree. As I said in a previous post, “We become unconnected by our inaction. We go unconscious, and shut ourselves off, rather than have to live with the pain our modern lifestyle and inaction causes countless forms of life.”

  3. Ursula trusch

    Molly,thank you that I got to know the song of tia.It made me sad and hopeful at same time.tia says in her song what I feel too, not only for america but also for europe.is it possible to buy that song and others written and sang by tia?
    love and peace

    • Molly Larkin

      Thank you, Ursula. I’m so happy you liked the song, and Tia will be, too. I will find out if there is a way to purchase the song and let you know.

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