Around the Riverbend

(Pocahontas Soundtrack)

Neytiri raced along the river bank, taking in the moment of peace. Thoughts plagued her as she felt the cool water against her bare rough feet. She loved the water; peaceful, yet so free. How she wished that she could be like that.

What I love most about rivers is
You can't step in the same river twice
The water's always changing, always flowing

She knew what was expected of her. That hadn't changed. She knew that she had to choose what was right for her clan, no matter the price to herself. Even if it meant mating with a man that was like an older brother.

But People, I guess, can't live like that
We all must pay a price
To be safe, we lose our chance of ever knowing
What's around the riverbend
Waiting just around the riverbend

But she still decided to go to the Tree of Voices, which was just around the riverbend. Because there was still time for her to pray for an escape from a price she knew she had a duty to pay.

I look once more
Just around the riverbend
Beyond the shore
Where the
ikrans fly free
Don't know what for
What I dream the day might send
Jut around the riverbend
For me
Coming for me

Neytiri felt as if there was more out there waiting for her. Eywa had to have more planned for her then her to be one with Tsu'tey and become Tshahik. She was honored that she was to be her All Mother's messenger after her own mother died, but she felt that Eywa knew her heart better. She didn't want the traditional settling down with the male that chose you. She didn't want the traditional one must do their duty. She wanted to be her own person who made her own choices. And Neytiri felt that if there was a chance for her desire to come true, it would start just around the riverbend.

I feel it there beyond those trees
Or right behind these waterfalls

Could she really ignore her duty and not mate with Tsu'tey? It wasn't that he was cruel or undesirable; quite the opposite. Her future mate was proud warrior and future Olo'eytkan. He held himself with pride and a certain air of arrogance. He was handsome in Na'vi standards and had been kind to her for all of her life. Many of the other Na'vi females would think she was insane if she refused him. But she didn't care. They could think she was insane. The truth was, Tsu'tey didn't See her; he may act kind to her, but he didn't act as she had a mind of her own. He still took for granted that they were intended and treated it like he would treat getting a prized bow.

Can I ignore that sound of distant drumming
For a handsome sturdy mate
Who builds handsome sturdy walls
And never dreams that something might be coming?
Just around the riverbend
Just around the riverbend

She sighed, telling herself that this was her last time. After this, if Eywa didn't give her a sign, she would come to terms with her duty and face Tsu'tey. She would face her duty.

I look once more
Just around the riverbend
Beyond the shore
Somewhere past the sea
Don't know what for ...
Why do all my dreams extend
Just around the riverbend?
Just around the riverbend...

Her father was always telling her to choose the smoothest course for the People. She had always been told to keep the balance as steady as a beating drum. No matter the cost. No matter her dreams. And when she took her last look around the bend… she got nothing.

Should I choose the smoothest course
Steady as the beating drum?
Should I mate with Tsu'tey?
Is all my dreaming at an end?

Later that night, both to protect her People and to avoid Tsu'tey, she followed a lone male dreamwalker through the night. She had originally planned to kill him swiftly, but Eywa had stopped her by sending a sacred seed onto her posed arrow…Neytiri didn't get why he seemed surprised to find a pack of viper wolves surrounding him with all the noise he was making and the unnecessary torch he had. Skxawng. But she saw the recklessly brave soul in his bright amber eyes. She saw the wild, yet naïve spirit as she heard him challenge the approaching pack. . She entered the brawl, saved the dreamwalker and tossed his dumb torch into the river…

Or do you still wait for me, Dream Giver
Just around the riverbend?