The past couple of nights, while I wash dishes and tidy the kitchen, I’ve been listening to Robbie Robertson’s 1994 CD Music for The Native Americans. The Native Americans was a CBC documentary series for which Robertson, whose mother was a full-blood Mohawk, wrote the music. I purchased the CD up at the Sequoyah Museum in Vonore a couple of years after it was first released in the US. The music took my breath then, and still does, many years later.
In his liner notes for the CD, speaking of the gorgeous, sensuous love song “Golden Feather”, Robertson comments: in some Native American traditions, a golden feather, or a stone in the shape of a heart, are ultimate findings, akin to a four leaf clover. . .”