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The Shakers traces the growth, decline, and continuing survival of this remarkable religious sect through the memories and songs of Shaker sisters in New Hampshire and Maine. Sister Mildred Barker (1897-1990) demonstrates the song "With A New Tongue" which is first mentioned in a Sr. Mildred was the recipient of numerous awards, most notably in 1983 a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts for outstanding service to Shaker traditional music. This piece is from a 1974 production "The Shakers" by Tom Davenport and Frank DeCola. The film was made with assistance from Shaker scholar, Daniel Patterson.