Sunrise on Turtle Island: Contemporary Native American Voices

Sunrise on Turtle Island: Contemporary Native American Voices


Sep 03 2022


7:00 pm


Red Cliffs Lodge


Red Cliffs Lodge
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The Festival Stage and seating area are on the lawn at scenic Red Cliffs Lodge, overlooking the Colorado River and set against towering red rock walls, which blaze in the distance at sunset. This spectacular location and environs have appeared in numerous films and commercials, and there is a museum on-site honoring that heritage. You may well recognize the view!

Concert Description: Conductor and pianist Timothy Long (Muscogee, Thlopthlocco, Choctaw) curates and leads performances of three world premieres exploring the new generation of Native American composers. Dawn Avery (Mohawk), Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate (Chickasaw), Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache), and Martha Redbone (Choctaw) bring their unique musical voices and their own stories of growing up in America with world premieres to this celebration of new and existing works. Turtle Island refers to the origin story of North America as a great turtle, on whose back we have built our civilizations. This concert honors our current Native American artists and acknowledges their ancestors whose land we now call America.

Artists & Program




  • Timothy Long, host, curator, piano
  • Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, conductor, piano
  • Martha Redbone, vocalist
  • Mark Billy, baritone
  • LP How, violin 
  • Jesse Mills, violin
  • Christopher Otto, violin
  • Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, violin
  • Austin Wulliman, violin
  • John Pickford Richards, viola
  • Leslie Tomkins, viola
  • Dawn Avery, cello
  • Robert Burkhart, cello
  • Robert Black, bass
Pre-concert talk 5:00 

Long: Totkv

Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate: Standing Bear: A Ponca Indian Cantata in Eight Tableaux

Martha Redbone: The Fly

Louis W. Ballard: Four American Indian Piano Preludes

Laura Ortman: Opening Ceremony (world premiere)

Ortman: Tens of Thousands (world premiere)

Dawn Avery: Otstenra’shon:a Onekwénhtara (world premiere)

Martha Redbone: Belonging (world premiere)     

Long: Heles-kvsvppe

Important Details

Concert location: Red Cliffs Lodge, at milepost 14, Scenic Highway 128, north of Moab, Utah

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Optional MMF Free Concert Shuttle Location: Margaret L Hopkin (Grand County) Middle School, 439 S 100 E, in Moab, UT

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Shuttle Departures: 4:15 (for pre-concert talk) and 5:45 pm

Pre-Concert Talk: 5:00 pm

Concert Time: 7:00 pm

All ages welcome. Please monitor children.

No pets allowed.

Concert is outdoors.

Optional free festival shuttle available.

Lawn seating only; no tent seating in 2022. MMF provides chairs, and you may bring blankets for sitting on the lawn if desired.

Comfortable clothing suitable for the outdoor venue is recommended, including a light sweater or windbreaker as weather can be unpredictable.

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Food and beverages are available for purchase, including beer and wine. No outside food or drink is allowed at the concert venue. You may bring your own water and bottled water is available for purchase.

Restaurant dining is available pre- and post-concert at the Cowboy Grill, inside Red Cliffs Lodge, starting at 5:30 pm. For restaurant reservations, call Red Cliffs Lodge at 435.259.2002.

Adults: $40

Students : $5 (ages 6 – 18)

Children under age 6 are free, accompanied by their parents.

Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Program, artists and location are subject to change without notice.

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