February 24, 2010
Becky Hobbs Author of “Nanyehi” to Present Lecture
Saturday, March 6 2:00 PM
Public Invited. Free Admission
- Singer-songwriter Becky Hobbs will present a lecture on the making and story of “Nanyehi” on Saturday, March 6 at 2 PM at the Kingsport Renaissance Center Room 239. The Cultural Arts Division of the City of Kingsport is sponsoring the lecture which is free and open to the public.
Becky Hobbs is composer and co-playwright of “Nanyehi”-- the story of Nancy Ward, Woman of the Cherokee who was Becky Hobb’s fifth great grandmother. Becky’s grandmother, Sarah Elizabeth Parks, was great granddaughter of Nancy Ward and is listed on the Dawes Roll. Parks was born in Indian Territory, Oklahoma in 1884. She spoke a little Cherokee and told Becky stories about growing up in Indian Territory. Nancy Ward was born of the Wolf Clan in approximately 1738 in Chota (one of the ‘mother towns’ of the Cherokee Nation), which is now the southeastern Tennessee area. It is said on the day she was born a white wolf appeared on the horizon. The color white was the symbol of peace to the Cherokee. When Nancy Ward was about sixteen years old she went to battle with her husband, Kingfisher, against the Creeks. Her job was to chew the bullets, to make them more deadly. When Kingfisher was killed and fell to the ground, Nancy rose to take his place and lead the Cherokee to victory. She was then given the title ‘Ghigau’ or ‘Beloved Woman’ of the Nation. After earning this honor, she dared to stand where no woman had stood before…in the center of the white man’s council meeting, protesting war and promoting peace between Cherokee and other tribes, the colonists and the settlers. “Nanyehi” is being produced by the Cherokee National Theatre Company. Becky Hobbs will share stories and songs from the musical.
Hobbs is also appearing in concert on Saturday, March 6 at 7:30 PM as part of the Red, Hot and Blue Revue III: Singer Songwriters in the Round along with Ann Rabson and E.G. Kight. Tickets are $18 regular admission and $16 student/senior admission and can be purchased by call the Central Box Office at 423-392-8417 or on-line at www.KingsportARTS.org. Discounts available for groups of 10 or more.
Becky Hobbs is a gifted songwriter, as well as a captivating entertainer. She plays the piano like no other female on stage. High energy best describes Becky, yet she can rope you in like an Oklahoma cowgirls with her poignant ballads. Her voice is unique. She co-wrote the powerful “Angels Among Us,” recorded by Alabama, which stayed on the Billboard Top Singles Sales Chart for over a year.
The Renaissance Center is a center for arts and senior citizen’s activities, and as a facility for business meetings, parties, receptions, classes, showers and day long seminars with breakout rooms. The facility includes a 350 seat theatre, three story skylit atrium, art gallery, gymnasium, meeting rooms and offices. The Renaissance Center is located 3 miles off of Interstate 26, 1200 East Center Street. For tickets or more information call 423-392-8414.