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New Years: A Reflection

From: Western Folklife Center Media
Length: 57:03

A meditation on New Years as a time of reflection and healing.

Default-piece-image-0 Join in a New Year journey with host Hal Cannon to an ancient Gaelic ritual of bringing in the year with fiddler Alasdair Frazier. Then join Jean Redpath for the original ?Auld Lang Syne.? From the Isles back to the States we travel to delve into the Native American way of marking time with a heartfelt story from Lakota elder, Leonard Littlefinger telling how ritual can help us transform a brutal history into a new story of hope. We end with the hope of a healthy land from the Grand Canyon. Join us

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Piece Description

Join in a New Year journey with host Hal Cannon to an ancient Gaelic ritual of bringing in the year with fiddler Alasdair Frazier. Then join Jean Redpath for the original ?Auld Lang Syne.? From the Isles back to the States we travel to delve into the Native American way of marking time with a heartfelt story from Lakota elder, Leonard Littlefinger telling how ritual can help us transform a brutal history into a new story of hope. We end with the hope of a healthy land from the Grand Canyon. Join us

Broadcast History

A version of this program was originally distributed by PRI in 1996

Transcript

New Years in the West

Music - Auld Lang Syne (In and under)

HAL: It?s New Year?s but what does that mean when you look out your window and everything is still the same. Sure you have the day off, lots of good football, world still in a mess, and there?s all those expectations about a wild New Years Eve? But there?s something else, even if you count the days by a different calendar, it?s the part about making a mark in time and saying, ?well, its time to start the count down all over again.? It?s about reflecting back -- but more-so it?s exercising that wonderful human ability, to resolve to do better next year? In this hour we will visit the American West, the land of possibility. We?ll hear from Steve Rich, a rancher and activist who sees deep metaphors in the land and the changing seasons.

Steven Rich ? Gosh here?s a whole new year, and in these northern climates, th...
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