- Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections
- Mariposa Folk Foundation fonds
- Strong Women : Power and Protest
Strong Women : Power and Protest
Recording consists of a concert "Strong Women: Power and Protest" hosted by Rosalie Sorrels. Sorrels begins with a recitation of a poem by Colette "Freedom" (00:00:00-00:06:40). The host (Rosalie Sorrels) then sings a song (00:07:00-00:10:52). The next participant Sarah Ogen Gunning from Kentucky introduces herself and her perspective as a poor woman from Kentucky and then talks about her own protest songs against coal operators but then is encouraged by co-panelists to sing the old spiritual "Oh Death" (00:11:00-17:40). Next the host prompts Alanis Obomsawin to discuss Canadian oppression of Indigenous women. Instead Obomsawin sings an unnamed song (Bush Lady?) (00:17:56-00:22:30). Sweet Honey from the Rock sing an acapella song "I Won't Crumble with You If You Fall" next (00:22:31-00:26:30). Ola Belle Reed is then prompted to sing and introduces herself as a "free spirit" and sings a bluegrass standard "Only the Leading Part Will Do" (00:26:50-00:33:36).Next Sarah is prompted to sing another song, "The Broken Engagement." (00:35:11-00:38:42). There is then a gap in the recording. The remainder of the workshop's recording picks up mid-sentence where Alanis Obomsawin speaking about the wholistic education that Indigenous peoples across the country learn from the land and the role of language in ascribing value, gender, and social roles (00:39:22-00:43:24). Sweet Honey from the Rock immediately start singing "Joanne Little" (00:43:25-00:47:33). All the participants of the workshop sing "A Woman" (00:47:40-00:50:15). Next Sorrels(?) sings a song about an alley cat (00:50:30-00:56:20). Next Ola Belle Reed speaks in response to Obomwasin's story about leaving home and shares her experience leaving her mountain home and then sings a love song. Rosalie Sorrels then ends the workshop abruptly.