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Kevin Locke is a member of the Lakota tribe and a renowned hoop dancer, flutist, and storyteller. Spending time in Alaska, New Mexico, and South Dakota in his youth, Kevin saw firsthand the inspirational and tireless efforts of his mother, Patricia Locke, to empower native communities, and he began to immerse himself in Lakota customs. In what would prove to be a pivotal moment in Kevin’s life, he learned the hoop dance for which he is most well known, and which he would travel the world performing. Kevin’s stunning performances have offered audiences in every corner of the globe a glimpse of Lakota culture—reinforcing cultural and spiritual connections between people of all backgrounds. Throughout the pages of Arising, Kevin brings his international travels to life in colorful detail; reflects on the significance of his Bahá'í Faith; recounts his experiences with his mother, a recipient of the MacArthur Genius Award; and shares his understanding of Lakota belief and culture. The result is a beautiful book full of engaging stories and a deep spirituality that will touch the hearts of many readers.

ISBN-13: 9781618511300

Media Type: Paperback(None)

Publisher: Baha'i Publishing Trust U.S.

Publication Date: 09-04-2018

Pages: 300

Product Dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Kevin Locke (Tokaheya Inajin in Lakota translation, meaning “First to Rise”) has been a member of the Bahá'í Faith since 1979 and is a world famous visionary Hoop Dancer, preeminent player of the Indigenous Northern Plains flute, traditional storyteller, cultural ambassador, recording artist, and educator. Kevin is Lakota and Anishnabe. His special joy is working with children on the reservations to ensure the survival and growth of indigenous culture.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xiii

Part I Ayánpa Wachín Yo (To Endure Until Dawn) 1

Part II Çhekpá Okíle (In Search of One's Birth Ties) 23

Part III Hupágluza (To Lift the Pipe in Prayer) 95

Part IV Inázin (To Arise) 251

Afterword Kim Douglas 275

Bibliography 281