According to Nick Estes, the phrase “Red Power” was first coined or invented by members of the National Indian Youth Council (particularly figures like Clyde Warrior, he says) in cities like Gallup and Albuquerque in the mid-1960s. The “power” movements arose in close temporal proximity to one another, in quick succession. Stokely Carmichael had invented “Black Power” just a few months prior. I rake leaves onto a tarp and move them to a pile in a wooded area behind the garage, in the back corner of the yard. Crows gather in the trees. Leaves continue to fall as I work.
Voices lead a roving imagination — let’s call it the camera-eye — on a tour of a menu screen leading to Alice Coltrane’s “Galaxy in Turiya.”
Floating in a void, grasping at straws. I am but a mere vessel, like the “Black Panther” figure, multiplying into several semi-autonomous guises over the course of 1965 and 1966: first as the mascot of Stokely Carmichael’s Lowndes County Freedom Organization, then a second time on newsstands as a character in an issue of Fantastic Four (Stan Lee, the character’s creator, a fan of Huxley’s The Doors of Perception), only to return transformed into another political party, this time out in Oakland, the invention of Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale. Hallucination? Spirit animal? Archetype? Fantasy? What is this product of mind that erupts synchronistically into reality, in what seems a coordinated manner — conjured, planted, determined, dreamt?