By Katie Klingsporn
Folk-singer, desert goddess, rabble-rouser and all-out spitfire Katie Lee
has been raging against Glen Canyon Dam and its reservoir, Lake Powell, for more than 50 years.
And she’s not slowing down.
Lee, who is featured in DamNation
, a documentary film produced by Patagonia
and Stoecker Ecological
in conjunction with Felt Soul Media
, has penned protest songs and authored books about Glen Canyon, the dam and the Southwest over the years. Just now wrapping up her latest project, “Dandy Crossing,” she tells the story of the handful of people who once lived at Hite, a river crossing that was drowned by Lake Powell, and what happened to them after they were forced from their homes.
Lee, who is in her 90s, also serves on the advisory board of the Glen Canyon Institute
, an environmental group that advocates the draining of Lake Powell and the restoration of the Colorado River. She still performs and speaks for educational and non-profit organizations, as well.
[Above: The one and only Katie Lee, outside her home in Jerome, Arizona after her interview for DamNation
this fall. Photo: Ben Knight]