Kevin Locke is a musician, dancer, teacher, and a cultural ambassador of Lakota Native American traditions like the Hoop Dance and the Northern Plains Flute. He’s been instrumental in the revival of the indigenous flute, which teetered on the brink of extinction. But Locke is keeping such traditions alive through tireless dedication, and with the help of a National Heritage Fellowship he received from the National Endowment for the Arts.
For 40 years, Locke has been playing, dancing, singing, and telling stories to hundreds of thousands of people in almost 100 countries. He’s appeared in performing arts centers, at festivals, at universities, and in state and national parks. But most of Kevin Locke’s presentations happen through the educational system, and are shared with children around the world. His goal is to empower today’s youth, and to raise awareness of the common characteristics we share as human beings. He’s also passionate about working with children who live on Native American reservations, to ensure the survival and growth of indigenous culture.
Kevin Locke is no stranger to South Central Indiana. He’s given presentations in the area and performed at the Lotus festival. He was recently back in town as a guest of the Baha’i Community of Bloomington. While he was here, he joined Shayne Laughter in the WFIU studios.