Songs rendered in Lakota the language. Lakota words with English translations made available in CD insert.
At the Denver March Powwow 1988 closing session, the DMP Committee asked Howard Bad Hand, of The Red Leaf Takoja singers, to compose a song for the committee and Denver March Powwow. Normally a prolific and imaginative song catcher, Howard was stumped. Eleven months of contemplation did not produce a song. Finally, in early March, 1989, two weeks before the song was to be sung at the Grand Entry, Howard was in Denver and gazing idly at the profile of Mt Evans and the Front Range west of Denver when he caught the beginnings of a melody that mimicked the ups and downs of that mountainous profile. He listened further and began to work with the elements of the melody which eventually became the melody of A Living Hoop, known universally as the Denver March Powwow Song. In the 20 years since it was first introduced, the Denver March Powwow Song became and remains the most widely recognized song on the North American powwow circuit.
This recording presents spirited singing from two sources: the Jackie Anderson Benefit Powwow in late January, 1989, at the Taos Pueblo Community Center; and a house warming party for Tom Teegarden and Jennifer Skeet upon their move to Taos. At the time this was recorded, A Living Hoop was the first recording of Red Leaf Takoja in nearly four years, and the first since a majority of the group moved to Taos, New Mexico.
Singers who sang on this tape include: Richard Archuleta, Tom Teegarden, Pat Bad Hand, Harold Cordova. Esther Romero, David and Andrea Gomez, Howard and Terrie Bad Hand, Bob Jacobs, Toby Zorthian, Tony Martinez, Joe Rivera, Donna Concha, Michelle Concha and Althea Tortalita. Other people were present during these recordings but too numerous to mention - their presence was very much appreciated.
The fine music presented herein was originally issued by Red Leaf Takoja as a cassette recording of the same name in February, 1989. For the current production, the original recordings were digitally enhanced and re-mastered for CD by Howard Bad Hand in the studios of High Star Productions, Inc. in Taos, New Mexico.
The music on this CD is singing for the sheer joy of singing and should be listened to in the same manner - if you want to dance, dance!