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Desert Dance

Desert Dance

by R. Carlos Nakai

Desert Dance is my ritual about the everchanging beauty of the San Luis valley and the rain-laden sweep of clouds over Crestone and Lindisfarne in the late summer season of 1989. This improvisational session, like SUNDANCE SEASON, was hinted at in the beginning and became a personal reality as the day progressed. The Lindisfarne Chapel, the site for DESERT DANCE and SUNDACE SEASON, is situated withing the San Luis valley, the world's largest alpine valley at 8,000 ft. above sea level, 100 miles long and 60 miles wide. Surrounded by the Saguache range, the Continental Divide, and the Sangre de Cristos and San Juan Mountains, the valley is sacred ground to the many tribes who have inhabited it over time.

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1 Ancient Ground
A vocalization about the significance of the San Luis Valley to all those who have come before.
3:52  
2 Pollen Pathway
Centering oneself in response to live within my sacred and alive universe, where I now stand.
2:57  
3 Ancient Voices
Finger taps and brushes upon a Southern Plains war-dance drum reveal a hidden palette of sound like the whisper of spirits within the valley.
5:08  
4 Spirit Valley
Ethereal images are conjured in the daily atmospheric activity of this alpine valley.
3:24  
5 Sand Tapestry
A vocal and drum piece about the wind and water that reshape this high desert environment.
2:29  
6 Turquoise Swallows Dance
Many high desert birds dance upon waves of transparent currents in the overreaching ocean of sky.
2:18  
7 Abalone Wind
The Sun's warming radiation beckons the morning wind and harkens the return of the westerly prevailing wind in this nose flute solo.
1:56  
8 Wind Dance
The Wind's daily dance is choreographed in temperate summer breezes, dust devils, and cloud formations.
2:33  
9 Sacred Earth Call
A vocal with rawhide rattle describes my feelings of being in harmony with Crestone's environment.
3:40  
10 Spiral Journey
A vocal to flute solo, a song for Sip'ophe
5:47  
11 Land of Emergence
A nose flute solo, similar to the onse found in archaeological sites throughout the Anazai Southwest.
2:12  
12 Mountain Blue Bird Calling
An inhabitant of this island world withing the Rocky Mountains
3:01  
13 Mountain Call
A vocal with rawhide rattle about the high peaks surrounding Crestone and the Mountain Retreat.
3:15  
14 Yellow Eagle-Feather Dance
The West, home of the Abalone Girl and Black Wind, also brings welcome rains in Summer.
2:36  
15 Journey of Yellow Wind
Coming down out of the North, the Yellow Wind offers cooling respite from the Summer heat.
3:10  
16 Medicine Keeper
A vocalization about the unique beauty and self-defined inclusiveness within this sacred territory.
3:03  
17 Desert Dance
The Wind, the cleansing Rain, and the sounds of the chapel with rattle, voice, and flute celebrating the moment.
7:01  
 
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