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Chief Maquinna served his people in the Pacific Northwest. He was an effective leader in dealing with the first European settlers. Dave’s music and lyrics capture a distant time and place – a legend “carved upon the sand”.


As early evening rolls across the endless ocean sand
The shadows steal along the hills and shroud this restless land
With the visions of a proud and noble people lost in time
And our voices seem to beckon in the wind

Remember when the summer mist enshrouds the early dawn
That our fathers died before us then
in hopes we’d carry on their way of living 
in the Land of Maquinna….in the Land of Maquinna

Beyond the barren islands I can hear the lonely cries
Of seabirds who have seen the tides of change before their eyes
Leave the ruins of the longhouse to the wrath of passing time
Still our legends have been carved upon the sand 


And now the rhythmic chanting lifts the burden from my mind
The spirits from the past have shown the key we could not find
For when the people from the sea can understand our ancient way
Then no longer will they have us live in shame





SATB with piano $2.35 CP 1153
SAB and TTBB version available upon request