What is America’s first music? Tracing a heartfelt journey, award-winning filmmaker Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Creek) interweaves the tale of a mysterious death in 1962 with the rich history of the powerful hymns that have united the Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole communities in times of worship, joy, tragedy, and hope. By investigating the stories of these songs, this illuminating film explores a Muscogee singing tradition rooted in Scottish mission hymns and African slave spirituals.
The film will be screened on Saturday, January 30 at 1 pm at Newcomb Hall Theater. A panel discussion with Sterlin Harjo and reception will follow. It is free and open to the public.
This event has been sponsored by the U.Va. Office of Diversity and Equity, the Kluge-Ruhe Collection, the U.Va. Office of Equal Opportunity Programs, U.Va. Department of Anthropology, McIntire Department of Music, and the Native American Student Union as part of the MLK Community Celebration.