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KEVIN LOCKE Kevin Locke is known throughout the world as a Native American Hoop Dancer, a Northern Plains flute player, a traditional storyteller, recording artist and teacher. A member of the Lakota Sioux tribe, he lives on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Kevin uses his performances to teach traditions of his Lakota heritage through dance, flute, songs, storytelling and American Indian sign language. Doug Good Feather, a champion Fancy Dancer, singer and musician will be performing with Kevin. His presentations explain the importance of these traditions in the Lakota heritage, and he asks the audience to be involved in each performance. By teaching the basic elements of Lakota traditions, Kevin helps the audience understand and Kevin Locke will be performing as part of the Lied Center School Performance series on Monday, Oct. 12, 2009 – 9:45 a.m. and 1 p.m.

*Hint: you will need to use the About Kevin Locke and Native American History/Links sections.

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What do the hoops for the Hoop Dance represent?


In Lakota culture, ________ are referred to as Wakaneja, which means “sacred beings.”


The Hoop Dance is Kevin’s expression of the “_______ of humanity.”


The handmade flutes that Kevin plays are made of what kind of wood?

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10. The Lakota are divided into how many groups?



11. To the Lakota/Dakota nation, the _____ is the essence of the wind. Down


1. In the Lakota story The Flute, the young hunter heard a sound and followed it to a tree. What kind of animal had hollowed out a row of holes in a branch through which the wind was blowing? 2. Indigenous people use the ____ to connect with reality, whereas many people today often use them as an escape or for recreation.


3. Kevin uses 28 hoops in his dance to represent the number of days in the _____ cycle. 5. Kevin Locke’s Lakota name means “The _____ __ _____.” 7. In the Lakota story The Vision, which animal does the man become in his vision? 9. The ______ represents our role in this hoop of life in which we are related to everything. Finished? Check your answers with the answer key in the Teachers Guide.

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CIRCLE ACTIVITY The Hoop Dance is a cure for the North American condition known as “box-itis.” The onset of box-itis occurs at an early age when we begin school in square rooms with square ceilings and square floors. We sit in square chairs, behind square desks. We learn from square books, chalkboards and computer screens. When we daydream, we gaze out of square windows at square buildings. When the bell rings we pour out of square doors, down square hallways and into square buses. At home, we sit on square chairs in front of our square televisions and computers. We stay in this routine for many months, which we check off on our square calendars, until vacation comes. Then, we might take an airplane and fly 35,000 feet above the earth. We look out the square windows to the squared-off landscapes below. Or we can choose to look at life another way. The traditions of Native Peoples tell of the circle.


Try to look at your world the way Native Americans do. Try to draw the world you live in with circles rather than squares. Imagine each square object as circular. What would your school, your room or your playground look like with all circles instead of squares?

Being part of a theatre audience is different than watching a movie or a television show. The performers are in the same room with you and are affected by what you do. Any unexpected noise or movement in the audience can destroy the performer’s concentration. And, you also have to remember that you are a part of the performance as well. The artist(s) are performing for you. They can feel, hear and see if you are paying attention to what they are doing onstage. If they can feel, see and hear that you are there with them, it will help them perform better. It will be more interesting, fun and exciting when we are ALL taking part in this LIVE experience! So remember…as an audience member, you play a very important part, too!

Links > > -- good interactive site for kids to learn about different Native American tribes and their daily lives > --lots of links to learn more about Native Americans > -- link to Smithsonian’s National Museum of the Native American > -- great site for history, culture, etc of the Lakota/Dakota peoples > --interactive map where the different tribes were located > --Native American flutes

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Kevin Locke Worksheet  

Kevin Locke is known throughout the world as a Native American Hoop Dancer, a Northern Plains flute player, a traditional storyteller, recor...

Kevin Locke Worksheet  

Kevin Locke is known throughout the world as a Native American Hoop Dancer, a Northern Plains flute player, a traditional storyteller, recor...