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Lewis & Clark Trails

Air Date: Week of February 28, 2003

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Another of our occasional stops along the Lewis and Clark Trail to meet the folks who live on that famous route today. Producer Barrett Golding meets the Sisters from the Monastery of St Gertrude in Idaho, where caring for the land is part of their faith.

Transcript

KNOY: This year marks the two-hundredth anniversary of the Lewis and Clark expeditions.

[PEOPLE YELLING ON A RIVER]

KNOY: We wondered who lives along the trail now, from the northwest coast to the mouth of the Missouri.

[WOMAN COUNTING, SHOT FIRED]

KNOY: Producer Barrett Golding bicycled the entire Lewis and Clark trail and sent us a series of audio postcards, like this one from the Monastery of Saint Gertrude in Idaho, where the Benedictine sisters say caring for the land is part of their faith.





[BELLS RINGING]

SISTER MARY KAY HENRY: Yes, I'm Sister Mary Kay Henry, here at the Monastery of Saint Gertrude in Cottonwood, Idaho, at the foot of a wonderfully wooded butte here on Camus Prairie, which was originally part of the Nez Perce lands. People can experience the draw of the land. They can look over and see the Seven Devils Mountains, the beginning of the Salmon River breaks, look out across Camus Prairie to the Bitterroot, the Clearwater Mountains.

[BELLS RINGING]

SISTER MARY KAY HENRY: We're going to go into the chapel here at Saint Gertrude's where the sisters are going to be celebrating the Eucharist.

[MUSIC AND SINGING]

SISTER CAROL ANNE: Well, I'm Sister Carol Anne and my focal point is the woods, supervising of the harvesting, the logging. It's the basic managing of it.

SISTER JANET: I'm Sister Janet and I use the herbs that we grow to help make tinctures and salves, healing potions.

[GROUP PRAYER]

FEMALE: Well, caring for the earth, I think, is an essential part of who we are. That's our faith. We're part of creation, we're not separate from it. And so it doesn't do any good to help people get born, or help people have money, or whatever you're doing if what we're giving them is a sick planet to live on.

[GROUP SINGING]

FEMALE: I think nature is the original scripture that tells us about God.

FEMALE: To me it's also about a mirror of God. It reflects God. You look at nature and you see God, too.

FEMALE: Catholic spirituality is very much the awareness of the sacred in the everyday.

[MUSIC AND SINGING]





FEMALE: The stones that the building is made out of came from the hillside, so it was all quarried from the hill, brought down by horse and wagon, and the sisters helped stack them up. So we talk about, you know, the house we live in comes from the earth, the food we eat comes from the earth, and then our cemetery is up just above the rise there, and then we go back to the earth.

[MUSIC AND SINGING]

KNOY: Barrett Golding's portraits of the Lewis and Clark Trail 200 years later are part of Hearing Voices, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

For more audio, images, and interviews from the trail, please visit our website, loe.org. That’s loe.org.

[MUSIC AND SINGING]

 

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Monastery of St. Gertrude

 

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