Sound check in the studio prior to a recording session, Thursday Feb 25, 2016 Utopia Studios.
Willmore Park St Louis, Disc Golf in the temps of 40's near pad #1, after we worked our way from #11 through 18 and finished off with 1-3 to call it an afternoon after recording on Thursday.
Following my vision to be present on the top of the hill at Cahokia, to listen, we choose to arrive at "Monk's Mound' the largest mound at Cahokia around 5 AM on Sat Feb 27. Filling my chan nupa at the base, we walked to the top of the flat mound with the intention of recording "what came up for us there" 2 of the deer nation were in the shadows there, and I remember, hehaka "those with antlers, antennae" welcomed us. The sun slowly came up from the east, and with temps below freezing, we soon found a dancing rhythm to stay warm an in our bodies.....Bobbie set up his outdoor portable studio.
Our microphone "antenna" with the first light of the sun....above Cahokia, now considered the "City of the Sun" in writings....
Bobbie and his computer and mic set up.
Bobbie with a demo of Koko's Kashaka's warming dance with the equipment at dawn light.
Looking to the south east and the visitors center at Cahokia State Park and World Heritage Center in the early morning light from the top of the mound.
"Monks Mound" sign on the way back to the car.....
Photo of the author carrying my teaching chan nupa down from the hill, prior to smoking with Bobbie..by Bobbie D Foster
And the history of tourism and defacing of the mounds and now the recovery process. Bobbie was led to be more of a participant in the restoration here, and joined as a member of the Cahokia community, as his mom, lives in the area, in Collinsville...
After a day visiting his mom, during midday, we decided to find another disc golf venue. This one out by rural Lebanon, 9 holes with baskets in the woods where we met a chetan relative, sharp shinned hawk. at hole #5.