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Every human culture on the Earth has the flute, made of bone, bamboo, stone, or wood. Using breath to make music is universal. How the flute is made and what the music means is specific to each culture.

From his early Lakota influences and from his extended world family, Kevin Locke has learned how we each draw from our individual heritages to create a vibrant, evolving global civilization that embraces our collective heritage. While expressing his Lakota tradition, he also draws from deep wellsprings of other tribal and global knowledge distilled over many generations. His music offers a profound sense of the universality of the human spirit and its harmony, beauty, and sense of the sacred.

Kevin first heard the flute when he was very young from old recordings his mother played. As a college student he met mentor Richard Fool Bull, an elder flute player and flute maker. Through Richard he became determined to carry on a tradition that was becoming lost.

Kevin’s partner in this curriculum, Rich Dubé, taught the indigenous North American flute in Canadian schools. Rich is also responsible for the manufacturing technique that makes these replicas of the indigenous flute affordable, bringing the traditions and the music to a wider audience.

The vision for this course has been to re-introduce the traditional indigenous flute to the Lakota and other cultures in a way that allows children to hear and learn the songs and sing the language, whether or not they become proficient flute players. The program includes an introduction to the birth of the indigenous flute, an opportunity for each participant to assemble one of the flutes, and an opportunity to learn the basics of playing flute music using the songbook provided.

Kevin’s concerts and flute workshops at performing arts centers, festivals, schools, universities, conferences, and national historic sites number in the hundreds annually. He is a dance and musical hero and role model for youth around the world. His special joy is working with children to ensure the growth of indigenous culture.