Zuni Olla Maidens
They have been featured in a documentary along with these women performing artists: Rita Coolidge and Walela, Ulali and the Tuscarora Women Singers. The documentary is called, “Singing Their Songs.” It is featured a many colleges as part of their Native American studies.
The Olla Maidens also perform at many functions which promote indigenous people as performing artists. They are very active in community events and participate in cultural fairs and festivals. They are acknowledged for their skill in dancing to the beat of a drum while balancing painted pottery jars on their head. They sing songs in their Native language (Zuni) while accompanying themselves with a drum, rattle and a wooden notched box which emits the sound of a chorus of frogs when stroked with a wooden stick.
This group under the direction of their leader, Cornelia Bowannie, is unique in that they are all related through blood ties. Cornelia, the matriarch, has daughters, an aunt and granddaughters who participate in the dance group. The group has been performing together for many years.