The Episcopal Church of St. Paul and St.
James, New Haven, Connecticut, 1996 Production was made
possible in part through a grant from Meet The Composer's New Music
for Schools, with support from the Charles E. Culpeper Foundation.
Josephine Hwang as the Doll
in THE LEGEND OF THE BLUEBONNET Photo: Susan Bingham
Drought and famine have killed off many
members of a band of Nawyeka, or wandering Plains Indians.
In order to survive, She Who Is Alone, a lonely orphan, spends all
of her time with her one possession and only friend: a warrior doll
left to her by her parents before they died.
After enduring years of famine, the Shaman
of the tribe goes to the holy hill to ask the Great Spirit why there
has been no rain. "You have mistreated the earth. You have killed
bison and moved on without replenishing the land," comes the answer.
The remedy: the tribe must make a sacrifice of its most precious possession.
After the Shaman returns to the tribe
and tells the Great Spirit's message, She Who Is Alone, now twelve
years old, decides that the most precious possession of the tribe
is her warrior doll. She waits until deep into the night, leaves her
tent, goes with a torch to the holy hill, makes a fire and sacrifices
When dawn breaks the rains come, causing
Bluebonnet flowers to open all over the hills. She Who Is Alone is
welcomed into the arms of her grateful tribe, her new family.
by Worthington Hooker School Students:
MANKIND'S FRIEND - BUFFALO words by Guantong
Sun ANIMALS, ANIMALS! words by Alexis Carter REALLY
HUNGRY words by Jessica James GOODBYE words and melody by Hangyul
Kim COYOTE SONG words by Peter Schattauer CATERPILLAR
words by Ann Fisher BUTTERFLY words by Margaret Youngberg
RAIN, RAIN words by Terez Tappin RAINBOW words by Ji-eun Lee
NATURE words by Danielle Turcio CHARCOAL HAIR AND SAPPHIRE
EYES words by Eliza Hadler and Diana Rosenplanter BLUEBONNETS!
words and melody by Rebecca Genn
Composer's comments: a challenging, rich,
dramatic piece with several large groups dances using simple Native
American steps. Overall message: caring for the earth.
Musical score of THE LEGEND OF THE BLUEBONNET: $85. Price includes shipping within the US. Price also includes one bound copy and one single-sided, unbound copy from which your Company or Group may make as many copies as need for productions within a single year or season; in addition, performing rights are included.
Downloadable PDF file of The Legend of the Bluebonnet: $50
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