Join the community on Native American Heritage Day, 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, at the Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main St., Rosendale for a family-friendly program with Matoaka Little Eagle, song and story, and Julia Howl Haines, harp and song. Through storytelling and music, they will celebrate the earth and the elements. They draw from generations of spirit/wisdom of Native, Indian, and Indo-European cultures. Their traditional and original music shares their gratitude for the elements and life, inviting the listener to a personal journey.
Tewa, Apache, and Chickahominy, Matoaka Little Eagle is a culture bearer of diverse Native American cultures. A Native singer, dancer, and storyteller, she introduces diverse Native cultures in America, promoting respect, tolerance, and celebration. She has collaborated with David Amram, Pete Seeger, John Sebastian, John Cage, Pura Fe Ensemble, Ulali, Spider Woman Theater, Louis Mofsie, the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, The Swift Eagle Dance Troupe, The Vanaver Caravan, bringing great joy and inspiration to her audiences. In 2022, she played the role of Grandma Jingle Dress in the award-winning contemporary Native musical premiere of “Distant Thunder” at the First Americans Museum in Oklahoma City.
Julia Howl Haines, contemporary harper, independent composer, music therapist, and multi-instrumentalist, is recognized for her unique approach to the Celtic harp. A “harper among harpists” and a ‘hip harper” by the Irish press, she received First Prize for harp and voice at the O’Carolan Festival. Recordings include Odyssey, Thunder: Perfect Mind, Her Songs, and Windharp: Wind/ Water/Light.
Generously sponsored by High Meadow School of Stone Ridge, this is a program for audiences of all ages. Tickets are $8/$6 for members and students. For more information, visit rosendaletheatre.org or call 845-658-8989.