Indian Agent is the collaboration between sidereal visual artists and musicians Yéil Ya-Tseen (Nicholas Galanin), OCnotes (Otis Calvin III), and Zak Dylan Wass. Historically, the Indian Agent was a post filled with settlers appointed by the colonial U.S. government to control Indigenous populations. These non-Indigenous Indian Agents managed and enforced oppression of indigenous civilization throughout Turtle Island. The Indian Agent once oversaw the rape, murder and brainwashing, of minds, bodies, souls, land and culture in the name of the United States of America.
This true history of the Indian Agent is intentionally shrouded in mystery along with truths about the spread of the sickness known as manifest destiny.
In adopting this title, we shift and reverse the brainwashing and destruction of past Indian Agents. We replace destructive false agency with our song, purpose, and lineage. As artists we harness the power of our blood memories to speak truth and positivity of our collective agency in radical contrast to oppression. We recognize our existence as a product of the violent history of the United States, our ancestry is Indigenous, African, and European, we come from boreal and tropical rain forests, deserts, islands and oceans; carrying the songs and stories of the land and our people. In sharing our stories and song we become the agents of our instinctive desire: sharing peace, light and vision with the world.
released October 13, 2017
Life Keeps On Spinning - w/ Jesse Hughey (guitar)
Light Is All I Have
All Over Town - Budo (horns) Erik Blood (bass)
Refined w/ Erik Blood
Road Soda Reggae
Sending Love To The Ones Who Know - feat. Qacung w/ Budo (backing vocals, horns) , Ed Littlefield (drums)
White Lies - w/ Phen Ray , Jesse Hughey (guitar)
Hurry Up Evolve - Ed Littlefield (drums)
Can You Hang - Ed Littlefield (drums)
Dakota (live field recordings from Standing Rock by Ginger Dunhill)
Last Night In Tokyo w/ Ed Littlefield (drums)
We Move Lightly On Land And On Sea - feat. Qacung
You Free - written by Meshell Ndegeocello
Mother w/ Tanya Tagaq
Mixed by Erik Blood at Black Space Labs, Seattle
Mastered by BreakPoint Mastering, Portland
Album art by I Want You Studio
Photography by Carlos Cruz