MARUAWE MO'OBETU (2011)
Maruawe Mo’Obetu (2011) is a representation of one particular Native American creation and flooding story. In the story the entire world floods due immense amounts of rain and all of the animals are required to take refuge on a raft with an elder spirit. In order to recreate the world the elder spirit has animals dive down to the bottom of the water in order to bring back some earth. No animal could dive down far enough and many died and were revived by the elder spirit. Finally, muskrat was able to reach the earth and bring some back with him. Maruawe Mo’Obetu translates to “Hello Five” and is a reference to the pentatonic scale used during the piece. This piece was written for and premiered by the sixth grade beginning band at Weber Middle School in Fort Collins, CO under the direction of Jana Webster-Wheeler. The recording was done by the Colorado State University Concert Band under the direction of Graduate Student Chris Krueger.