Kevin Locke

(Tokeya Inajin is his Lakota name, meaning "The First to Arise") is known throughout the world as a visionary Hoop Dancer, the preeminent player of the indigenous Northern Plains flute, a traditional storyteller, cultural ambassador, recording artist and educator.

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You have to see the magnificence of the Kevin Locke Native Dance Ensemble live to really appreciate why this ensemble is so exceptional.


Three years in the making, this breakthrough recording, produced by two-time Grammy winner Tom Wasinger, features traditional Lakota songs played on flute by Kevin and arranged in a vibrant contemporary world music setting.

Lakota History

Collectively referred to as the Sioux, this confederacy includes four Santee divisions, the two Yankton and Yanktonai divisions, and the Lakota (Teton) as the seventh division.


makes his music with the drum, the flute, and the rattle, along with his singing voice.