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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

Does anybody have detals into Johnny Cash's adoption into the Seneca Nation of Indians (SNI)?

In 1964 Johnny Cash was adopted into the Seneca Nation of Indians, I am looking for more information because I am doing a powerpoint biography for school and want to include this in my presentation. If you can help, that be great!

2 Answers

  • gatita
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    “As Long As The Grass Shall Grow”

    As long as the moon shall rise, as long as the rivers flow,

    As long as the sun will shine, as long as the grass shall grow.

    After the U.S. Revolution, Corn Planter was a chief

    He told the tribe these men they could trust; that was his true belief.

    He went down to Independence Hall and there was a treaty signed

    That promised peace with the U.S.A. and Indian rights combined

    George Washington gave his signature, the Government gave its hand;

    They said that now and forever more that this was Indian land

    On the Seneca reservation there is much sadness now.

    Washington’s treaty has been broken, and there is no hope, no how.

    Across the Allegheny River they’re throwing up a dam.

    It will flood the Indian country—a proud day for Uncle Sam.

    It has broke the ancient treaty with a politician’s grin.

    It will drown the Indians graveyards—Corn planter can you swim?

    The earth is mother to the the Senecas; they’re trampling sacred ground.

    Change the mint green earth to black mud flats as honor hobbles down.

    The Iroquois Indians used to rule from Canada way south,

    But no one fears the Indians now and smiles the liar’s mouth.

    The Senecas hired an expert to figure another site,

    But the great good army engineers said that he had no right.

    Although he showed them another plan and showed them another way

    They laughed in his face and said, “No deal! Kinuza dam is here to stay!”

    Congress turned the Indians down brushed off the Indians plea,

    So the Senecas have renamed the dam—they call it Lake Perfidy.

    Washington, Adams and Kennedy now hear their pledges ring—

    The treaties are safe, we’ll keep our word, but what is that gurgling?

    It’s the back water from Perfidy Lake—it’s rising all the time

    Over the homes and over the fields and over the promises fine.

    No boats will sail on Lake Perfidy; in winter it will fill,

    In summer it will be a swamp and all the fish will kill.

    But the Government of the U.S.A. has corrected George’s vow;

    The father of our country must be wrong. What’s an Indian anyhow?

    As long as the moon shall rise…

    Look up.

    As long as the rivers flow…

    Are you thirsty?

    As long as the sun will shine…

    My brother, are you warm?

    As long as the grass shall grow…

    I believe Johnny Cash's song focused upon the deceit, mistreatment, and horrors the Seneca endured under the hands of the white settlers and the U. S. government. It was his purpose to related to the listener the resultant horrors the Seneca dealt with. It is a depiction of the betrayal of the Seneca at the hands of the U. S. government from the beginning of the colonist to the present day. As such, the Seneca Nation adopted Cash into their nation. He also was one fourth Cherokee. The following web site gives a much deeper understanding and history behind this song.


  • MrV
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    This site will have some more information and links. Cash believed his ancestry included members of the Cherokee Tribe.

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