Little Falls resident to perform at WWAM retreat


SARATOGA — The Women Artists and Writers Matrix has announced singer, songwriter and American Indian rights activist Margo Thunderbird will perform story songs from her Shinnecock tradition at its dinner salon from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 2, in the ballroom of the Inn at Saratoga, 231 Broadway. During the weekend Margo will also sell tribal crafts at the WWAM Marketplace.

Thunderbird was an original staff member of the International Indian Treaty Council and is proud of her achievement of getting Oct. 12 designated as the International Day of Solidarity with Indigenous People.

She lives in Little Falls and is the granddaughter of the Shinnecock’s late ceremonial sachem, Henry Bess, who was known as Chief Thunderbird on the 800-acre Shinnecock Reservation. She has produced several CDs and was the managing editor of “Native Nations” magazine, editor of “Crazy Horse Spirit” magazine and host of a cable TV show.

Pete Seeger often tapped Thunderbird to perform with him, and asked her to sing at his 90th birthday party at Madison Square Garden. Each year, at the beginning and end of the Clearwater Festival, Seeger invited her to bless the waters of the Hudson. It was a tradition he requested her to continue even after his death.

The dinner salon will introduce the “Incandescence” theme of the intensive creativity retreat to continue through Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4, on the Skidmore campus and other Saratoga Springs locations.

The full weekend rate is $250, the Saturday day rate of $120 includes the Women, Wine and Cheese reception and Sunday’s day rate is $99. All registrants are invited to sell their books and artwork at the WWAM Marketplace. For registration, workshop descriptions, teacher bios and schedule, visit

The number of conference participants is limited to maintain an intimate environment. Women may register with credit or debit cards through PayPal at, or make checks payable to Heartland Institute and mail to WWAM, P.O. Box 446, Burnt Hills, NY 12027. Interested women writers and artists of over the age of 13 may email or call 518-557-7307.