Hear the Findings Through Song

The song From Stilettos to Moccasins is sung by Violet Naytowhow and written by Aboriginal women who are healing from illicit drug abuse and problems with the law and individuals helping them on their journeys. 

Click here to listen to the song or contact us for a free CD.

An unplugged version of the song was played for a CBC radio interview on May 13, 2009.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
The song was officially released at a public gathering later that evening in partnership with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan.


LYRICS – From Stilettos to Moccasins

I survived through the pain
Many emotions like waves
Laughing and crying again and again
Honesty, strength, friends and devotion
Showering gifts of hope to reclaim

Walking the streets dragging my heart
Wandering with my head held down in shame
When and how did my family fall apart
Who am I, what is my name?

BRIDGE:
Surviving the street lost and alone
I started a journey to find my way home

CHORUS:
From stilettos to moccasins
Our spirit dances within
On our way to resolution
We find our peace
And this is who I am

Broken barriers and new discoveries
My spirit I now reclaim
Coming home to who I am
Taking honour in my name
No longer a prisoner lost in this world
Look within my shell
To find that pearl

CHORUS:
From stilettos to moccasins
Our spirit dances within
On our way to resolution
We find our peace
And this is who I am

© Violet Naytowhow & the CIHR Project Research Team – Aboriginal women drug users in conflict with the law: A study of the role of self-identity in the healing journey.