Hymn #291: O God the Creator

Elizabeth Bess Haile (b. 20th century) and Cecil Corbett (b. 20th century) wrote this text as the theme song for the 1977 Indian Youth Conference held in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  It forst appeared in Indian Quest, published by Charles Cook Theological School in 1977.

Elizabeth Haile and Cecil Corbett are both Native Americans.  Haile lives on the Shinnecock reservation, Southampton, Long Island, New York,, and Corbett served a number of Native American congregations before being named president of Charles Cook Theological School in Tempe, Arizona.

Joy E. Patterson (b. 1931) composed the tune KASTAAK in 1980 at the request of the Presbyterian Hymnal committee.  KASTAAK is the Americanized form of Sofia Porter's birth name.  Porter, a Native American born in Sitka, Alaska, was also a member of the Presbyterian Hymnal committee.

Joy F. Patterson has written more than thirty hymns, giving credit to her maternal grandmother, Ella Blachly Andrews, who saw in the choir loft with her mother as she grew up during the Civil War.  Patterson continues a long line of poets in her family.