Kevin Locke (Anishinabe/Lakota) got his start as a Native flutist with songs from a vinyl record titled "Sioux Favorites." From there, he learned to play flute from Elders who knew other traditional Native flute music.
Kevin was inspired by many artists growing up because his mother, Patricia Locke, worked with numerous Native American tribes to establish colleges, promote educational programs on reservations, and aid in the restoration of Native American culture and languages.
Kevin began recording traditional flute music in 1982 and has over a dozen albums of music and stories that he has recorded over the years. He learned the Hoop Dance from an Elder who taught him once in person and then followed up in the form of dreams after the Elder passed away. The Elder had told Kevin that he would travel to see many places and meet many people. Kevin has traveled to more than 80 countries and won the National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The Fellowship recognizes folk artists who have made an impact within their respective region.
Recently, New Media Specialist Eric Martin talked with Kevin about his upbringing, how he learned to dance the Hoop Dance style and his music.
Written by Tobias Grant.