This song is from our cd The Sound of Secret Names.
So ever since I used it in a solo show back in December, I've been keen to use my High Spirits Native American double flute in a proper recording. Finally, as Troy added some percussive touches to some work that Joel and I did some time ago, I heard my opportunity knocking.
Yeah. Nikwasi! My brain is always hearing and seeing North Carolina connections, so the native flute in this song juxtaposed against the mountain dulcimer suggests Cherokee for a true Appalachian fusion. It so happens I've recently been reading the 19th century ethnography Myths of the Cherokee, and the striking story of how the immortal Nunnehi emerged from Nikwasi Mound to defend the Cherokee from marauders clicked in my mind as soon as we'd finished recording this.