Brother Ricardo Belden Revisited

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American Communal Societies Quarterly, ISSN: 1939-473X, Vol: 6, Issue: 1, Page: 3-21

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Gabor-Hotchkiss, Magda
American Studies
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In a recent issue of this journal, Darryl Charles Thompson provided an account of a “spirit song” presented in the Meeting House at Canterbury Shaker Village during the mid-1980s by his father, Charles “Bud” Thompson. The elder Mr. Thompson learned this song directly from Brother Ricardo Belden, then a resident of the Hancock Shakers’ Church Family. We acknowledge with pleasure the opportunity that his essay provided to share some treasured images from the collections of the Hancock Shaker Village Library, as well as to present additional information about Brother Ricardo’s life, his influence on musicologists and dance designers, and his role in attracting future Shakers.