Broken Arrow

Robbie Robertson (with Bob Dylan):  Broken Arrow

Quiz by Sharon Michiko Yoneda

"Who else is gonna bring you a broken arrow?"

"Who else is going to give you a bottle of rain?"

 (Colonials signing treaties with the aboriginal people)  "Do you feel what I feel. Can we make that so it's part of the deal?"

The results of a broken arrow treaty....this was the deal.

artist:  Robbie Robertson

songwriter:  Robbie Robertson

date released:  1999 by Robbie Robertson

A bundle of five arrows represents one of the five founding tribes of the Iroquois League. One arrow could easily be broken, while a bundle of five arrows would remain strong. Crossed arrows were symbols of friendship. A broken arrow was a symbol of peace.

 Robertson's Broken Arrow is a powerful love ballad with a strong sense of mysticism in its lyrics and sound. Robertson is part Mohawk and weaves that mythology into a lot of his music. In this song, the “broken arrow” and “bottle of rain” are symbolic offerings given by somebody seeking a peaceful and lasting bond.