It’s about family. And Indians, I suppose, because the imagery is there and it has that Americana feel. But it really applies to anyone who’s lost someone he or she grew up with. In my case, my mom and my dad.
I’ve loved this song for years, but I never found the original version YouTube before today. In my opinion, one of the better American song writers playing one of the best songs he’s ever written. Definitely a desert island selection for me. Enjoy!