Turtle River

Jul 01, 2015, 12:04 PM

A reimagined piece based on the Schuylkill River by Michael McDermott.

"The Schuylkill River runs along the western edge of Philadelphia. The Lenape Indians called the river Tool-pay Hanna, which means "Turtle River". Despite several hundred years of industry and pollution along the banks of the river there is still active wild life. One of my favorite spots is near my home in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia where I took this recording. Turtles, frogs, insects and a myriad of birds call this stretch of the river home. The river is a far cry from when the Lenape use to swim and drink from the river (Manayunk is also a Lenape phrase that means "where we go to drink"). My hope is that the sounds of the river will remind people of the natural beauty that has remained unchanged for thousands of years."

Part of the Sound Waves project for World Listening Day 2015 #WLD2015 - see www.citiesandmemory.com/soundwaves