The Co-Ed song
As this is a song dear to my heart, the Co-Ed song from the Leon family, I thought I would begin this page with it. It is filmed in a traditional Longhouse, a community building used for ceremonies, prayers and at times resolution of conflicts. I was told that at times, man and wife who were arguing would be put in the longhouse and would stay in it until their conflicts were resolved. The community would bring them food and take care of their needs to allow the couple to resolve their issues. They would only re-emerge once that was done.
In this video (above), you see dancers and singers, men and women, working together. The song, as its named implies, is a song about cooperation between the people. It is a song about equality, cooperation and sharing. It represents the absence of inferiority and superiority, as we are equals and related. As we can also see, men and women dance together, women dancing when the men are singing, supporting and appreciating one and another.
This song is sang here by the Coast Salish peoples, native to the Pacific Northwest coast. It is a song from the Leon family, who need to be recognized for their contribution. They shared it on YouTube and it is an honor to hear it and sing it. I had the pleasure of being in that particular longhouse and I still remember the comforting smell (a woodsy, earthy and herbal smell). Although sang in a slightly different way, I also remember this song being sung by the singers from the Fraser Valley who were there (I do not remember their nation however), such beautiful voices. Watching this video brings back those memories. The memories of the powerful songs, each with a different meaning. Songs sung in a west coast style. As we will later cover, different nations, different styles. But what really does it for me, is to see the dancers, especially the first one who starts dancing (the one with the hoodie). Such freedom in his movements, such happiness he conveys. Just looking at him makes me smile and warms my heart. His soul comes alive. This is just my experience with the song. Might not be everyone’s. But it is a song that has significance for me.
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