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Singing Our Stories

Directed by Annie Fraziér Henry
Canada, 1998 (documentary, 48 minutes, colour / black and white, English)
Singing Our Stories
Photo © National Film Board of Canada

Film Description:
"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."
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Annie Fraziér Henry
Produced by: Annie Fraziér Henry, George Johnson, Graydon McCrea, Michael Chechik, Sara Diamond, Lodi Butler, Joy Barrett
Narrator: Shirley Cheechoo
Cinematography: Rolf Cutts
Film Editing: Debra Rurak
Music: Paul Herspiegal
Production Company: National Film Board of Canada / Office national du film du Canada, Full Regalia Productions, Omni Film Productions, The Banff Centre for the Arts

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