Ballad of Chief Joseph

Chief Joseph

Here is a music video that I created about the venerable Chief Joseph (March 3, 1840 - September 21, 1904). He was the leader of the Wal-lam-wat-kain band of Nez Perce tribe.

The U.S. government broke a land treaty with the Nez Perce, forcing the group from their homes in Wallowa Valley. When he surrendered to U.S. General Nelson A. Miles in the Bear Paw mountains of Montana, Chief Joseph famously declared:
“Hear me, my chiefs: My heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.”
He was a great man who only wanted to raise his family in peace. He honored the treaty and

All the music was composed and performed by yours truly.


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Lady Mathers said…
This music video really made me imagine and see what Chieft Joseph was up against. Such a sad part of our early history, and only one of many stories that also sickens my heart. No one should be forced from their home, I agree. You did a wonderful job Rich, writing, singing and presenting this information. Thank you for your hard work. Thank you for opening my eyes and sharing this in a way that draws attention to this vital part of the old west and what was lost. Lady Mathers
swans23 said…
What an amazing human...and so are you.. Thank you...
Unknown said…
A vivid new take on the multi-faceted, esteemed Chief Joseph. A most gratifying experience.
The Author said…
Thank you swans23 and Lady and 'unknown' for your comments. Very much appreciated. How I loved composing this piece for the Ballads of Yellowstone soundtrack (which was written to solely represent a courageous human being who, like his people, lost everything, and yet history reveals who the monsters were all along: the white civilization that usurped most of the Indian country and nearly committed total mass murder of all native tribal people. Our country began with such shame and continues such policies with all non-white citizens. How rude!