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Daughters of the Earth

by Feather River Singers

Native Women’s Drum singing original songs in Cherokee and English. Energetic, melodic and soothing, original and fresh.
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1. Mother Earth
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2. Beautiful World (Women's Traditional)
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3. Feather River Flag Song
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4. The Old Ways (Men's Fancy)
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5. Come My Love (Two Step)
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6. Women Warriors of the 507th (Honoring Song)
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7. Stai Yu (Sneak Up)
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8. Dragging Canoe (Men's Traditional)
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9. Fry Bread (Tiny Tot)
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10. Eternal Fire (Fancy Shawl)
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11. We Are Dancing (Round Dance)
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12. Having Fun (Intertribal)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
2006 NATIVE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEE for DEBUT ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR

"The vocals are powerful, the drumming solid and the melodies, ear-catching. Make no mistake, these ladies can sing!" Whispering Wind Magazine September 2006, Vol 36 No.2


FEATHER RIVER SINGERS is a Women’s Drum with exciting energy, a soothing beat and original style in Cherokee and English. Dedicated to preserving their native language through songs, all original materials by group members marks this debut CD “Daughters of the Earth” by Feather River Singers as breaking into new territory in Native music. Prentice Robinson, Cherokee linguist from Tulsa, Oklahoma acted as language consultant for this project. Inspired by The Mankillers, Walela and Ulali, these women bring melody and a Cherokee touch to their pow wow songs.


The album title, “Daughters of the Earth”, reflects the theme of their CD. The sound studio was in a natural outdoor setting; microphones were placed in trees so bird sounds became part of the recording. Larry Badger and Curt Burrows of Joyful Sound recorded the album on location. Badger later mixed and mastered the final CD in Joyful Sound’s Yuba City studio. The album insert was designed by the singers, and former member LE Honyecutt is credited with the original artwork. The insert depicts the Great Smokey Mountains of the Cherokee homeland, the sacred cedar tree, with the seven birds representing the seven Cherokee clans.

The CD begins with "Mother Earth," a special song honoring the Creator. Feather River Singers have sung this song after the prayer during Grand Entry at pow wows and at other special events.

"Beautiful World," a Women's Traditional, follows expressing the thought "We thank the Creator for a beautiful world; life is good," in Cherokee.

The "Feather River Flag Song," also in Cherokee, has been sung during Grand Entry of pow wows where the group has performed. The song, loosely translated, means: We honor the flag carried by the warrior. We see the flag. First Nations forever; Red, White and Blue.

The fourth song, "The Old Ways (Men's Fancy)" expresses in Cherokee: "We honor our ancestors; we are grateful for the old ways of the People."

"Come My Love" is a delightful Two Step which says, in English, "Come my love and dance with me!"

"Women of the 507th" is an Honoring Song for all Women Warriors represented by Jessica Lynch, Shoshona Johnson and Lori Piestewa who served in the U.S. Army 507th Company during Operation Iraqi Freedom. This song is dedicated to all military men and women, both past and present, and their families who stand by them.

Featured is "Stai Yu" a Sneak Up Dance song in Cherokee. The song celebrates the warrior and was composed by members of the group.

"Dragging Canoe” (Men's Traditional), the seventh song on the CD, honors Dragging Canoe, one of the greatest Cherokee warriors. It says "Dragging Canoe was his name, a Cherokee warrior. He was Chickamauga Cherokee and we honor him."

The group's first song writing effort, a Tiny Tot song called "Frybread" is sung to a modified "Peas Porridge Hot" tune.

"Eternal Fire (Fancy Shawl)" says in Cherokee: "The Eternal Fire is in the Heart of the People."

"We Are Dancing" is a Round Dance; this social dance is a staple at pow wows. This song says "We are dancing in the Circle and we are happy."

The CD ends with "Having Fun (Intertribal)." This song says: "We are dancing and having fun. This is good!" A sentiment for all; having fun is a good thing.

Feather River Singers first recording effort received national recognition from the 8th Annual Native American Music Awards when their album was nominated for the 2006 Debut Artist/Group of the Year.

Check with the Feather River Singers website calendar for future dates and to review their past events at www.featherriversingers.com and www.myspace.com/featherriversingers.


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Tami Colley

You won't regret buying this!
After listening to the sample clips I just had to purchase this, as I am Cherokee. These ladies have it going on and their hard work and dedication is obvious in their Daughters Of The Earth CD. I highly recommend this and I guarantee that your feet will not be able to stay still, howa! I will be watching in the future for more of their music. Right on sisters, you rock!

miss marie's preschool class

thanxz for a group of 4-6 year olds
dear feather river singers .. I absolutly love this cd ...and so do my preschoolers I thought that I would use this to teach my preschoolers to dance but instead two of them taugh . to dance I was very excited to get it now I can listen to frybread anytime i want I do not have to have computer access.
thanxz bunches miss Marie and the wee care kids

sharman

they are very good singers
the natives should be honord in there singing they sing and drum nicely. the cd is a special it shares things aboat colchure and life.

RubyDancingmoon

What a pleasure and an honor this was!
Being Cherokee but living in the UK this cd was a must for me. I was not disappointed.
Apart from the fact it is wonderful to hear a female drumming group,the music has all the spiritual and moving qualities you would expect. Part Cherokee, part English this was easy to follow. I found myself humming and singing along all the way through. My feet were constantly following the beat of the drum.
These ladies have captured the essence of their Native Spirit and I found the cd took me on an emotional journey with my people.
Obviously they had a lot of fun making this [especially Fry Bread] and the addition of natural bird song was just perfect, so in keeping.
I thoroughly recommend this cd to anyone and will make an effort to get the music stores over here to stock this one so more people can be given the honor of hearing these wonderful, respectful and moving tracks.
Congratulations my sisters. Look forward to the next one.
Many Blessings.

Bearhawk

incredible!!
This CD will have an impact on my life! I listen to the "Mankillers" and absolutely love them, but these ladies have it going on too! As a woman singer myself my favorite song is "Dragging Canoe" I really like the vocables on that song. Hope to see anouther CD from you ladies! Keep up the hard work and dedication.

Nancy

Osda!!! Great CD!!
I'm a big fan of "Mankiller"......now I'm a big fan of "Feather River Singers"!!! Loved the "Frybread Song"!! Hope to hear more in the future!

Julianne Short

Daughters of the Earth
Finally I found songs sang in my ancestors language.
The songs made me feel apart of what I long for, my people. Wado many times.

sue hicks

inspiring, feel-good songs, yea women! make another CD soon!
Recently discovered The Mankillers, and in searching for other women's groups I found the Feather River Singers. Love this CD. Am now singing several of the songs with my local group and we can't wait for a 2nd CD to become available. My favorite song is Having Fun.

April

Great CD
My son heard this CD on-line and asked me to buy it---he is 7! We are part Cherokee and this is a wonderful way to add the culture to my children's lives.

Jane

These ladies ROCK!!
This CD will make you want to DANCE, sing, cry happy tears, and most definately smile!
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