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Rita’s roots are in her sense of community and her deep belief in the People and the land. She is a songwriter, singer, musician and storyteller. She is a conference weaver, a community activist, a facilitator and an agent of change. Her career with National Parks and Forests has taken her from the Great Smoky Mountains to Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and many points between. She works with communities, catalyzing connections with their sense of self and place, and developing programs and products that integrate nature, culture, and communities through the arts.

Her songs and stories draw upon both indigenous cultures and Rita’s own rich experiences living in some of the country’s most spectacular areas. She has delighted audiences young and old with her lively tales and inspiring songs of life and wild lands. Ms. Cantu has traveled and lived abroad, performing for audiences in Canada, Spain, and Australia.

Rita plays guitar, hammered dulcimer, Native American cedar flute and drums, Appalachian mountain dulcimer, and autoharp. She has produced four albums of original music and authored two non-fiction books. You will be entertained, inspired, and connected to the people and places of life and land in her work and at her performances.

CHECK "CALENDAR" FOR UPCOMING PROGRAMS and PERFORMANCES!

INFORMATION ON WORKSHOPS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES, SEE "NEWS."

SEE "MUSIC" FOR NEW SONGS AND LYRICS.

CHECK "PRODUCTS" FOR CDs AND DESCRIPTIONS OF OTHER OFFERINGS.

CANYON LIFESONGS AND DESERT LIFESONGS ARE AVAILABLE NOW. NEW RECORDINGS ARE IN PRODUCTION.