Monday, October 26, 2009

Gayle Ross and the Trail Of Tears

Gayle Ross is a living example of family heritage and how story’s travel down through families. She started this session by explaining her familial connection to Chief John Ross, leader of the Cherokee people at the time they were forced off the land and made to travel to what is now the state of Oklahoma. We hear of her family and the grandmother and mother that nurtured her in the role of custodian of family lore. A powerful performance that tells of the mistreatment of Cherokee people from a deeply personal perspective, Gayle puts her heart and soul into it. A hugely moving performance. An evening performance with local Chuck Warren (a member of the Little River Band of Native Americans ) followed and the two traded trickster and rabbit stories.

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