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9/19/2003 Lakota dancer, flute player to perform at Linfield

McMINNVILLE – Kevin Locke, a nationally known Lakota dancer and indigenous flute player, will perform Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Melrose Auditorium at Linfield College.

The performance is free and open to the public and sponsored by Linfield Student Activities and the Baha'i community of McMinnville.

Locke's program will include flute and vocals interspersed with stories of native culture. He will also present the hoop dance, a tradition among the Plains Indians, which is a celebration of the annual rebirth of nature that occurs every springtime. The hoop dance is an ancient Lakota tradition involving 28 hoops in a complex and acrobatic dance in which they twirl and intertwine to create images of the seasons. His performance is interspersed with introductory and narrative explanations.

Locke, who is Lakota (Sioux) and Anishinabe, has performed throughout the world and is considered the pre-eminent player of the indigenous Northern Plains flute as well as an inspiring hoop dancer, traditional storyteller, cultural ambassador and educator. He was raised on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in South Dakota and lived with an elderly uncle who spoke only Lakota. It was there that Locke received his first training in the traditions of his culture.

In 1990, Locke was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts. He has served as a cultural ambassador for the United States Information Service since 1980 and was a delegate to the 1992 Earth Summit in Brazil and a featured performer and speaker at the 1996 United Nations Habitat II Conference in Turkey. He was selected as one of 22 artists to showcase at the 2003 Midwest Arts Conference in Milwaukee, Wis. He has also received funding from the Heartland Fund and the South Dakota Arts Council.

He has recorded 12 albums of music and stories including "Open Circle," "Keepers of the Dream," "The Flash in the Mirror" and "Dream Catcher." His most recent, "The First Flute," won the Native American Music Award in 2000 for the best traditional recording.

For more information, call 503-883-2435.