Published: Feb. 3, 2017

 Colorful illustration of Native American Two wildly different musical mediums serve as a metaphor for a collision of historical perspectives in Anthem of the Ancestors, a unique musical work composed for string quartet and Native American flute.

Telling the history of North America's first peoples from a personal Native American perspective, storyteller and vocalist Breana McCullough narrates the piece in her native language, that of the indigenous Karuk people of California. 

The new composition is the work of musician and storyteller Leon Joseph Littlebird and Chas Wetherbee, an assistant professor of violin at CU Boulder and first violinist of the featured Carpe Diem String Quartet.

If you go
What: Anthem of the Ancestors
When: Friday, Feb. 3, and Saturday, Feb. 4, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: Roser ATLAS Center, Black Box theater
Tickets: Free and open to the public

The production also includes multimedia elements and dance, choreographed and performed by Helen Slivinski, student at the CU Boulder Department of Theatre & Dance.

The performance, which premieres this weekend at the ATLAS Black Box Experimental Studio, is free and open to the public. Please contact the ATLAS Institute with any questions at or 303-735-4577.