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May 1, 2017

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GUEST IN THIS EPISODE (78) Recording Artist Jan Michael Lookingwolf


Jan Michael Looking Wolf is an enrolled Kalapuya Tribal Member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde that resides within his indigenous homelands in Oregon. He is a recordingArtist/Performer/Educator/Author and Humanitarian.

Jan is a renowned Native American flute player. Traveling a broad range of musical styles, his works have garnered over 52 awards and a top ten ranking in the new age charts. He is the winner of four Native American Music Awards – Artist of the Year, Flutist of the Year, Best Record and Best Music Video.

After years of research of the Native American Flute, Looking Wolf created a curriculum for accredited university courses that he has instructed since 2005. He has authored two books that are published – “One Heart and the Native American Flute”

lifeway and musical expressions are based on the tradition of ‘One Heart’. In short, it is a universal truth that we are equal regardless of the color of our skin, tribal affiliation, the language we speak, income, gender, faith, nationality or personal beliefs. ‘One Heart’ is the recognition of Unity through Diversity. His music shares a message of hope for the oneness of humanity.

You can usually find Jan performing at festivals, conferences, concerts and other events as a solo performer and with his acoustic band ‘Looking Wolf” which include long-time friends and musicians Tim Yett – guitars/flutes, Nathan Myers – lead guitar/vocals, Mark Babson - Violin, Neal Grandstaff - guitars, and George Robnett – percussion/vocals.



Articles Featured In This Episode:

TITLE: World Water Day: 12 Native Words for Water
SUB-TITLE: On World Water Day, a dozen Native ways to say 'water,' plus some surprising place names
AUTHOR: Konnie LeMay 
DATE: March 22, 2017



About Native American Boarding Schools, and the “Dawes Act”

Beginning in 1887, the federal government attempted to “Americanize” Native Americans, largely through the education of Native youth. By 1900 thousands of Native Americans were studying at almost 150 boarding schools around the United States. The U.S. Training and Industrial School founded in 1879 at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, was the model for most of these schools. Boarding schools like Carlisle provided vocational and manual training and sought to systematically strip away tribal culture. They insisted that students drop their Indian names, forbade the speaking of native languages, and cut off their long hair. Not surprisingly, such schools often met fierce resistance from Native American parents and youth. But the schools also fostered a sense of shared Indian identity that transcended tribal boundaries. The following excerpt (from a paper read by Carlisle founder Capt. Richard H. Pratt at an 1892 convention) spotlights Pratt’s pragmatic and frequently brutal methods for “civilizing” the “savages,” including his analogies to the education and “civilizing” of African Americans.

TITLE: “Kill the Indian, and Save the Man”
SUB-TITLE: Capt. Richard H. Pratt on the Education of Native Americans”


TITLE: EPA chief: Trump to undo Obama plan to curb global warming
AUTHOR: Associated Press March 26, 2017


TITLE: Largest radioactive spill in U.S. history on Navajo Nation recalled
AUTHOR: By Talli Nauman, Health & Environment Editor
PUBLICATION: Native Sun News