Robbie Robertson, Winter Olympics, 2002The video stills below are from the NBC broadcast of the performance by Robbie Robertson and the group Walela (Rita Coolidge, Priscilla Coolidge and Priscilla's daughter Laura Satterfield), at the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony, Salt Lake City, Utah, February 9, 2002.
NBC announcer Bob Costas' remarks during the performance:
And now we're listening to Robbie Robertson and Walela perform Robertson's song "Unity Stomp Dance." There's Robertson, one- time member of the legendary rock group The Band which began as Dylan's backups, Dylan's band, then branched out on their own with classics like "Up on Cripple Creek." Martin Scorsese's film "The Last Waltz," about the final Band concert, one of the best movies ever made with rock 'n roll as its theme. Robbie Robertson was a --- his mother was a Mohawk Indian. He spent summers with her at the Six Nations Reservation. Rita Coolidge, one of the backup singers, is part of the group Welela along with her sister Priscilla and Priscilla's daughter Laura Satterfield. All 3 of them are of Cherokee heritage. Walela is the Cherokee word for hummingbird ......Part of the lyric we were just listening to, you might have been able to pick it up: "This is Indian country; this is Indian country." Robbie Robertson, Rita Coolidge and Company.Video stills compiled by Joan May