Anne Jennison | Hummingbird: Native American Stories

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Hummingbird: Native American Stories

by Anne Jennison

Celebrating the 2oth Anniversary re-release of an award-winning storytelling album; this recording offers a masterful retelling of stories from five different Native American Cultures - all with Hummingbird, the Little Wind Dancer, as their main character
Genre: Spoken Word: Storytelling
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Abenaki Hummingbird Song & How Hummingbird Put Stars in the Sky (feat. Amanda Jennison & Charlie Jennison)
14:44 album only
2. Little Corn Bringer (feat. Charlie Jennison)
8:43 album only
3. Legend of the Pitch Lake & Hummingbird's Dress of Many Colors (feat. Charlie Jennison)
8:59 album only
4. Hummingbird Hoya (feat. Charlie Jennison)
11:41 album only
5. Hummingbird's Little Joke (feat. Charlie Jennison)
3:24 album only


Album Notes
Anne Jennison originally recorded in these stories in January 1995 - during the heart of the Winter storytelling season. Hummingbird: Native American Stories” received a 1996 Honor Award from Storytelling World Magazine. This CD celebrates the 20th Anniversary re-release of “Hummingbird: Native American Stories”. Hummingbird Stories are as elusive as Hummingbird itself, but when Hummingbird shows up, something wonderful is about to happen! You have to be very patient - look & listen very well – if you want to catch a story of Hummingbird – the Little Wind Dancer.

Anne Jennison comes from countless generations who lived in the Northeastern Woodlands, but Anne’s worldview is also shaped by having lived in such far-flung places as the Midwestern US, Southeast Asia, the Southern US, and Europe, as well as New England. In addition to being a member of the Baha’i International Community, Anne is a Native American Storyteller with European and Abenaki heritage: a dyed-in-the-wool New Englander. With Master’s degrees in both Storytelling and History, Anne brings a wealth of knowledge - polished by 25 years as a performing storyteller - to her retelling of these timeless stories about Nanatasis -Hummingbird -The Little Wind Dancer.

Acknowledgements: With thanks to Doug Lipman for his excellent mentoring and storytelling coaching, Charlie Jennison for his support of this project and for the gift of his beautiful flute music, Amanda Jennison for lending her sweet voice, Georgianna Jennison for giving encouragement, and Jeff Landrock for his great ears and skills as my recording engineer.

"Anne Jennison's dark, braided tresses sway as she recounts her tale. Her chameleon voice mutates, taking the form of a high-pitched Hummingbird. After building and building, Jennison finally buzzes through the end of her story...Everyone stares. The crowd is entranced. 'And that is how my story goes', says the Lee storyteller. The crowd claps, begging for more..."
-The Nashua Telegraph, Nashua, NH



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Erika Hunter

Honoring Hummingbird: Little Wind Dancer
The artist’s delightful and beautiful rendering of these Native American stories of the Little Wind Dancer (Hummingbird) are so engaging that listeners young and old will be drawn in. Anne’s warm, clear voice and the authentic cadences of her storytelling reveal her passion and love for the magical characters that fill these gentle tales. I so loved listening to each one because they elicit some innate yearning we have at all ages to know how things came to be.

The Native American flute and vocal interludes are timeless, lovely, and engaging. They exquisitely prepare us for the listening circle which reminds us to drop away from our list of to do’s, whether young or old, and join in the age-old custom of anticipating a story. This CD paints the natural world in sparkling colors and brings together history, spirit, and the awareness of how interconnected and alive is the world around us. I found the calm and beauty of this CD a treasure that I will definitely be giving to friends and family.