Somewhere a Good Man Must Rise from the Young Ones Among Us
“Native Blood”, the latest video from San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal legends TESTAMENT, was honored in the “Best Music Video” category at Native American Film Institute’s 37th annual American Indian Film Festival, which was held Friday, November 9, at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, California.
The American Indian Film Festival recognizes outstanding Indian cinematic accomplishments, and will recognize Native media makers and talent via its American Indian Motion Picture Awards Show. The festival also provides an opportunity for filmmakers, tribes, media and public audiences to come together and share in the creative experience and celebrate cinematic accomplishment.
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TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy collaborated with seasoned director, Mike Sloat to put together a clip that is universal in message while bringing the spotlight to Billy‘s Native American heritage — The Pomo Indians.
The performance portion of the clip was shot on the Billy Ranch in Hopland, California, where the flames were huge and the temperatures were high.
The “Native Blood” video is about the growth of a Native American youth throughout the years. When faced with hatred, racism, bullying, and harassment, he uses nature’s sanctuary to recharge and meditate on the lessons he learned from his grandfather to handle these very tough situations in a way to honor and dignify himself and his people.
Billy previously stated about “Native Blood”, “It’s almost like a protest song, that the Native Americans have a voice that needs to be heard — that’s the chorus of the song.”
The video begins with the quote, “Somewhere a good man must rise from the young ones among us,” from the historic Native American Crazy Horse. Testament are shown performing ‘Native Blood’ around a roaring fire while Native Americans dance around it in traditional garb.
The video depicts the struggles that one Native American child has faced his entire life due to the racism which surrounds him. From being bullied and taunted at school, to parents refusing that their daughter date someone from a Native American background, the audience witnesses the powerful struggle. As an adult, the protagonist begins to fight back through the court system with his fellow natives to protect their land.