It was a faithful evolvement that brought the person, place and project together. Celestial Harmonies had long been searching for an appropriate project to record in the Lindisfarne Chapel. At the same time we had heen seeking to record Native American musicians who had remained in touch with their cultural past, yet had the openness to communicate with the present day world. Our gratitude to the flutist Paul Horn for introducing us to R. Carlos Nakai, a remarkable Navajo-Ute from Arizona.
The San Luis valley is near the land where the Ute Summer Spiritual Gatherings, generally referred to as the Sun Dances,were and still are being celebrated and this is how this project got its title. In early July, during a break in the recording sessions, the engineer Stephen Hill, Carlos and myself saw a poster in a local restaurant advertising the annual Ute Sun Dance ceremony. We each looked at one another and knew we had a concept and title for the project.
With this recording it has been our wish to bring forth the Native people's music as it is today, to the other people's of the world, to renew the reverence and rejoice the Spirit.
Ruby McFarland (project coordinator)
54 minutes — ©1988