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Lozen – Warrior Queen Story 3

Posted by deborahleey on 6th January 2013 in Music Notes

Lozen, Chihenne-Chiricahua Apache Warrior

Lozen was a Chihenne-Chiricahua Apache warrior, shaman, and sage, or seer. She was born in the 1840s, in a section of New Mexico/Arizona/Northern Mexico known at that time as Apacheria, within sight of the Sacred Mountain near Ojo Caliente where the People began.

At a ceremony at the time of her adolescence, Lozen was given the power to find the enemy which she did by going alone to a deserted spot, standing with her arms outstretched, her open palms facing skyward. She stood waiting, turning slowly until she felt a tingling in her palms. After this spiritual-physical experience, she knew that she had found the direction of the enemy. She could tell the distance of the enemy by the intensity of the tingling. She was legendary for such powers, Diya and Inda-ce-ho-ndi (or “Enemies-Against-Power”), in battle.

She was not the lone woman warrior in her band. She had a companion, Dahteste. Both women fought alongside Geronimo. In addition to her considerable skill as a warrior, Lozen was also a skilled reconnaissance scout and clever battle strategist. She took part in warriors’ ceremonies, sang war songs, and directed the dances of the war parties before going into battle.

Lozen and Dahteste, with Geronimo, were eventually taken as prisoners to Mount Vernon Barracks in the U.S. region called Alabama, a Muskogean Indian word. Lozen died there, presumably of tuberculosis, at the approximate age of 50. Her brother, Bidu-ya, is quoted to have said that “Lozen is my right hand… strong as a man, braver than most, and cunning in strategy. Lozen is a shield to her people.”

Song: Joshua Tree Windsong

WARRIOR QUEEN STORY 2 – BOUDICCA QUEEN OF THE ICENI

Posted by deborahleey on 2nd December 2012 in Music Notes

For the Celts, rape doesn’t seem to have been so much shameful as demanding dial–revenge. Boudicca, one of history’s most powerful women, suffered rape only vicariously — as a mother
, but her revenge detroyed thousands. Prasutagus, king of the Iceni, made an alliance with Rome so that he would be allowed to rule his territory (as a client-king). He died in 60 A.D.

Ignoring the rights of Prasutagus, Senator Tacitus of the Roman empire made the emperor and his own two daughters heirs, hoping, thereby, to placate Rome. Such a will was not in accordance with Celtic law; nor did it satisfy the new emperor, for centurions plundered Prasutagus’ house, whipped his widow, Boudicca, and raped their daughters.

It was time for revenge (“dial”). Boudicca, as ruler and war leader of the Iceni, led a retaliatory revolt against the Romans. Enlisting the support of the neighboring tribe of Trinovantes and possibly some others, she headed towards the town the Romans called Camulodunum, the new administrative capital of the Roman imperial province. After Boudicca’s forces resoundingly defeated the Roman troops at Camulodonum and virtually annihilated the IX Hispania, they headed towards London. The Roman commander chose to sacrifice London, so when Boudicca’s troops arrived, they slaughtered all Romans and razed the town.

Then the tide turned. Not to dwell on the sad details — eventually Boudicca was defeated, but not captured. She and her daughters are thought to have taken poison to avoid capture and ritual execution at Rome.

Song: Iceni Queen

WARRIOR QUEEN – GUEST ARTIST PROFILE – BRANDI BRANDES PERCUSSION

Posted by deborahleey on 2nd December 2012 in Music Notes

Brandi Brandes is a multi-disciplinary percussionist, keyboardist, vocalist, and composer.. Her distinct aesthic is abstracted from the melodies and pulses of the day-to-day h
uman experience, expressed through a diverse musical background.

Brandi’s musical foundation is in theater and drum corps, and her musical evolution was through the diverse artistic communities of San Francisco: an artist residency at the Climate Theater, concerts for San Francisco new music composer Fred Adler, Garnada Arabic and flamenco quintet, Rennea y Sus Amigos salsa and Venezuelan folk music ensemble, Guapachoso salsa band, Punk Rock Orchestra, The Tennessee Valley Orchestra, The SFSU AfroCuban ensemble, and glamour punk band Simon Stinger.

She has studied primarily with San Francisco Ballet principle percussionist David Rosenthal and Machete Ensemble composer and arranger John Calloway.

Original theater compositions include City Circus Presents: Echo’s Reach, City Circus Presents: Kamikaze Heart, Tim Barskys 7 Beggars, Summer Shapiros Legs and All, and Betty Shmamieh’s Territories.

Theater orchestra credits include Tommy, West Side Story, The Wiz, and she is a regular stage band member for San Franciscos award-winning sketch comedy troupe Killing My Lobster.

Brandi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music with World Music emphasis from San Francisco State University.