Elk Song (Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado)

January 25, 2023
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On a late afternoon in autumn, when the sun bends the shadows and gives a gold tip to the crowns of Doug fir and lodgepole, CMarie Fuhrman walks into the forest with her cello. Playing for the first time in years, her mind drifts to the ancient death of a robin, the recent death of an elk, the way humans play guns and cellos both.

This episode takes place on Cheyenne and Arapahoe homelands.

Host and Writer: CMarie Fuhrman
Field Recordist: Jacob Job
Recording Location: Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Editor: Erin Jones
Producers: Rebekah Romberg, Kibwe Cooper
Art: Maria Juliana Pinzón
Executive Producer: Brad Turner
Additional Editorial Support: Jo Erickson, Luis Antonio Perez, Emily Williams
Thanks also to Jodi Gersh, Clara Shelton, Arielle Wilson, Martin Skavish and Jon Pinnow

Terra Firma is a production of Colorado Public Radio's Audio Innovations Studio.

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