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Singing Our Stories

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Three Cherokee women sit around the kitchen table singing, their voices blending effortlessly, rising into the leafy canyon. Rita Coolidge, her sister Priscilla Coolidge and niece Laura Satterfield are among the featured performers in Singing our Stories, which profiles some of the First Ladies of North American indigenous music. The Monk-Sanders Singers, four generations of Tuscarora women, give a joyous impromptu concert on the porch of an old North Carolina plantation house. Blackfoot composer Olivia Tailfeathers teaches traditional song to teenagers from Alberta's Blood Nation. The Zuni Olla Maidens perform their ancient pottery dance against the spectacular backdrop of New Mexico's Dowa Yallane Mountain. The film celebrates a rich musical heritage in a journey that takes viewers from the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina to Vancouver Island, from the plains of Alberta to the mesas of New Mexico.

1998, 48 min 52 s

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Golden Sheaf Award - Category: Best Sound (Marc Benoit)
Yorkton Film Festival
May 21 to 25 1998, Yorkton - Canada

Antoinette (Nettie) Kryski Canadian Heritage Award - with a cash prize of 500$
Yorkton Film Festival
May 21 to 25 1998, Yorkton - Canada