Rhythms of Life
Documentary Film by Craig Norton
Great evening in Concord last night with old friends and new. What an honor to share my short documentary featuring Morwen Two Feathers and Jimi. As promised, here is the video that was shown at Morwen's remembrance event on Saturday, October 20, 2018. Please check out the Rhythms of Life project web site gofundme campaign to keep updated on this film which will feature Morwen, Jimi Two Feathers, Arthur Hull and many others in the community drumming movement.
A profile of a woman who was a drummer, social activist, artist, teacher, writer and my friend and mentor, Morwen Two Feathers. The interview was done in May 2017 with live drumming captured at the Acton Full Moon Fire Circle in June 2017. Morwen lived a life in rhythm that transcended all of her doctors expectations as she walked with brain tumors that would not go away. We all knew she would carry on as long as there was a pulse to play with. Thank you Morwen.
Lyra Hilliard reads a story she wrote for the Morwen Two Feathers tribute in Concord, MA on October 20, 2018. Her words were powerful and visual.
I remember when all the drummers were women.*
*That’s not quite right—it was never quite that uniform, but in my mind’s eye when I look back at the benches from twenty years ago, I remember that all the drummers were women.
Twenty years ago, I was pulled in by the drums’ vibrations that shot through the earth, tattooed the soles of my feet, drove my legs to dance for hours. Vibrations from women’s hands flying across taut circles of goat skin wrapped around metal rings fixed atop the wooden vessel of the djembe held between women’s thighs.
The Universal Heartbeat
of Morwen Two Feathers
Art and Music
October 20, 2018 a celebration of Morwen’s life took place in Concord, MA. Over 100 people attended and witnessed the experiences of her life in her drumming, her dance, her performance, her artwork, her masks, her collages, her activism and her many, many connections to people and community. We heard beautiful songs of tribute, heartfelt speeches from a time of powerful women drummers, rhythm of the drum and the closing tone of her tibetan sound bowl at Arthur Hull's closing Rhythm Church. It was a beautiful night of her-story.
Morwen Two Feathers
August 1, 1956 — July 17, 2018
Teacher, drummer, artist, co-founder of Earth Drum CouncIl. Morwen helped create spaces for women as drummers. She and her husband Jimi Two Feathers helped to run and facilitate Drum and Dance Saturday, an event that happens about once a month for drummers and dancers.
Morwen and Jimi together, along with others, created many aspects of the all night fire circles around the country.
She and Jimi helped create and facilitate Council Process. This was a way to allow people or groups to be able to listen and resolve issues with each other.
Morwen, a strong dun dun player, was the anchor for the Drumbodhi, Kakadodo, and Critical Mass drum group for over 25 years.
Morwen was a strong woman, with strong opinions and high standards for thought and action. She also was a beautiful spirit, which shined through her smile. She has left her mark on many lives, and will shine on through our memories.
WELCOME TO EARTH DRUM COUNCIL
The contemporary drumming movement is an integral part of a new culture, an emerging new paradigm that melds the ancient understanding of the interconnection of all things with a scientific worldview. And drumming is the soundtrack of the new story of Gaia, the story that tells of how humans may heal our relationship with our Home on Earth.
In many places, people are coming together in circle around the fire, to drum and dance and connect with each other and the Earth. Across all boundaries of religion and race, age and station, the people gather in rhythm to commune with Gaia. Each circle is unique, a living rhythmic being with its own life cycle. Yet each such gathering of pulsing drummers and swirling dancers has the same potential to transform the participants and bring them to that ecstatic place where the particular dissolves into the universal and the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts. When that potential is realized, each fully embodied person shines with beauty, and the location of the circle becomes irrelevant because everyone is simply Here Now. This place is perhaps the most profound Home of all.
Rhythm is the Universal Heartbeat
Feel the Pulse
Celebrate Your Spirit and the Dance of Life
The Fire Beckons, the Circle Calls
Let Us Join Together
One Heart, One Spirit, One Family
A short rhythmic excerpt from Yenvalou as played by Drumbodhi