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Walela is a trio of singers, named for the Cherokee word for butterfly.[1] The group was founded in 1996 by sisters Rita Coolidge and Priscilla Coolidge, with Priscilla's daughter Laura Satterfield as the third member.


Featured as part of Robbie Robertson and the Red Road Ensemble's album Music for The Native Americans, Walela is known for their distinctive vocal blend brings. During the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Walela performed extensively in the Olympic Park. Their 1997 debut release on Capitol Records earned them the recognition of the Nammy Awards (Native American Music Awards) where they took home the award for Debut Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for "The Warrior".


The group won the Native American Music Awards' best debut group and song of the year for 1998.[1]


Walela (1997)[edit]

  1. Is Everybody Here
  2. Cherokee River
  3. Wash Your Spirit Clean
  4. The Warrior
  5. Muddy Road
  6. Cherokee
  7. Cherokee Morning Song
  8. Wounded Knee
  9. The Whippoorwill
  10. Circle Of Light
  11. Earth Children
  12. Amazing Grace (in Cherokee)
  13. I’ll Turn My Radio On

Unbearable Love (2000)[edit]

  1. Gathering of Eagles
  2. The Sequence
  3. Cherokee Rose
  4. I Know I Don’t Walk on Water
  5. Smoke in the Wind
  6. Bright Morning Star
  7. I Have No Indian Name
  8. Tell Them They Lie
  9. When It Comes
  10. When Love Was All We Knew
  11. God Save Us from Ourselves
  12. Unbearable Love

Live in Concert (2004)[edit]

  1. The Gathering of Eagles
  2. Cherokee River
  3. Cherokee Rose
  4. Wash Your Spirit Clean
  5. I Have No Indian Name
  6. When It Comes
  7. Muddy Road
  8. When Love Was All We Knew
  9. Cherokee Morning Song
  10. Wounded Knee
  11. Tell Them They Lied
  12. God Save Us From Ourselves

The Best of Walela (2007)[edit]

  1. Is Everybody Here
  2. Cherokee Morning Star
  3. Amazing Grace
  4. Bright Morning Star
  5. Smoke In the Wind
  6. Wash Your Spirit Clean
  7. The Warrior
  8. Cherokee Rose
  9. I’ll Turn My Radio On
  10. I Have No Indian Name
  11. God Save Us From Ourselves
  12. When It Comes
  13. The Whippoorwill
  14. Unbearable Love


  1. ^ a b Sonneborn, Liz (2007). A to Z of American Indian Women. New York: Facts on File. pp. 52–53. ISBN 978-0-8160-6694-0. 

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Imperial Valley News
Thu, 15 Oct 2015 14:00:00 -0700

Irene Mary Walela, 62, of Los Angeles, has been appointed deputy director of the Independent Living and Community Access Division at the California Department of Rehabilitation, where she has been acting deputy director of the Independent Living and ...

Ventura County Star

Ventura County Star
Sun, 05 Oct 2014 07:26:15 -0700

Walela's music drew not only on the trio's Cherokee heritage, but also on the gospel sounds of the Deep South (the Coolidges' father was a Baptist minister), plus pop, country, folk, soul, and a touch of new age reflectiveness,” allmusic.com staff ...

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Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:04:31 -0700

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Thu, 15 Oct 2015 03:18:45 -0700

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Huffington Post UK

Huffington Post UK
Tue, 05 Jan 2016 01:22:59 -0800

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Zambia Daily Mail

Zambia Daily Mail
Tue, 29 Sep 2015 01:58:32 -0700

A new police post is also being constructed between Ndeke and Walela townships following an upsurge in crime. Last October, a police post was commissioned at Mikomfwa Main Market with three holding cells. It has helped to bring down crime levels in ...


Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:38:45 -0700

She also cherishes her American Indian roots, having recording in a trio called Walela – which means “Hummingbird” in Cherokee – with her sister, Priscilla Coolidge, and niece Laura Satterfield, and singing with Robbie Robertson, who's of Mohawk ...

Washington Post

Washington Post
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:18:45 -0700

11:50-12:35 A Cherokee tribal citizen, Sara Sue Hoklotubbe is the author of the Sadie Walela mystery series. Her book “Deception on All Accounts” won the 2004 Writer of the Year Award from the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers.

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