May 28, 2018
Seattle Peace Chorus presents A Tribute to Native Americans and Drumming Traditions at 7:30 pm, Saturday, June 2, preceded by a Duwamish blessing at 7:15 pm, at Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave, Seattle. The concert repeats at 7 pm, Sunday, June 3 at University Congregational Church, 4515 16th Ave. NE, Seattle.
The new work, composed by Frederick N. West, with orchestra, chorus and dance, features Haida singer Sondra Segundo, Tulalip storyteller Johnny Moses and Saanich drummer Paul “Che oke ten” Wagner. Special guests are: Tlingit Artist/Drum Maker Odin Lonning, Duwamish Tribal Elder Edie Loyer Nelson, Master Drummer Thione Diop, Sid Law and Kent Stevenson.
“I look forward to hearing this musical tribute to Native American people," said Snoqualmie Nation Tribal Chief Andy de los Angeles.
Native American tribes in the U.S. have struggled for years to uphold treaties that protect their rights to fishing, hunting and preservation of their sacred grounds. This work includes poetry including Navajo prayer: ‘Beauty before us, beauty behind us, we walk in beauty, it is finished in beauty.’Subscribe