I wish I'd known Glen Canyon before it was drowned in 1963. But, I hadn't been born yet. Had I been, I would love to have explored the Canyon with the late, great, Katie Lee... the fiesty voice of the Canyon... I hope you might be able to take the time to watch this eight minute clip of her talking to the producers of the film DamNation. Her friend, Tad, was a photographer, and there are beautiful stills and video from the 1950's and early 60's of the canyon... some with Katie in it. I've watched it so many times... and every time my eyes well with tears - first of joy as I watch her frolicking about in the side canyons and the waters of the Colorado River. She knew it like few others. And then tears of sadness as I watch her face describe what was lost... "Eden".
More about Katie Lee... "Award winning... Colorado River, Glen Canyon and cowboy history folksinger, author, photographer, videographer and wilderness activist, adventurer, friend... These are all words that may describe aspects of this woman, but they do not begin to define who she is. 'Katie Lee speaks for the canyons and the sweet desert recesses. She is our foul-mouthed, lightning-eyed, boot-stomping balladeer, a character Louis L'Amour never could have invented. Born from the rock itself, she is a lifetime of experience on this wild, restless, cradling ground. If you want to know this place, you need to know Katie," - Craig Childs, The Apocalyptic Planet, The Secret Knowledge of Water
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