Founded in 2008, the Coast Orchestra was created to perform the original score to Edward Curtis's 1914 silent film "In the Land of the War Canoes." The mission of the Coast Orchestra is to promote classically-trained Native American musicians to perform music about Native Americans. The score is based on romanticized ideas and Hollywood themes about Native Americans. The Coast Orchestra hopes to re-interpret this fantastical score in a meaningful and thought-provoking way. The Coast Orchestra members come from Alaska, Arizona, New York and Washington D.C. and represent twelve Indian nations.
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