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Black Belt Eagle Scout sings of loss, dreams

Musician performs June 16 with Floating Room, Gillian Frances at Sou’wester Lodge

Published on June 13, 2018 1:45PM

Katherine Paul, aka Black Belt Eagle Scout

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Katherine Paul, aka Black Belt Eagle Scout

SEAVIEW, Wash. — Katherine Paul, aka Black Belt Eagle Scout, plays the Sou’wester Lodge 8 p.m. Saturday, June 16. Floating Room and Gillian Frances will also perform. This show is free and open to the public.

“Having this identity — radical indigenous queer feminist — keeps me going. My music and my identity come from the same foundation of being a Native woman,” Paul said.

Her latest album, “Mother Of My Children,” traces the full spectrum of confronting buried feelings and the loss of what life was supposed to look like.

Growing up on a small Indian reservation, Paul’s family was focused on native drumming, singing and the arts. “Native American music is the foundation for all of my music,” Paul said.

The songs on “Mother of My Children,” weave together to capture both the enduring and fleeting experiences of loss, frustration and dreaming. The structures are traditional, but the lyrics don’t adhere to any format other than what feels right in the moment.

“I don’t play music to write songs,” Paul said. “I play music to process feelings, and sometimes what comes out of that is a song.”

“Mother of My Children” is a life chapter gently preserved, and the access listeners have to such vulnerability is special and generous. And Black Belt Eagle Scout is just getting started.

The Sou’wester is located at 3728 J Place, Seaview, Wash.


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