Lakota Dancer Thrills Audiences At Agassiz

Native American Lakota and Anishinabe hoop dancer and performer Kevin Locke (Tokaheya Inajin) visited students in the Woodrow and Adult Learning Center programs Tuesday at Agassiz, with a message about diversity and the universality of the human spirit.
With the background sounds of Native American drum singing, Locke performed his cultural program, The Hoop of Life, which engages students through Native flute music, storytelling, and dance. He used several dozen handmade wooden hoops during his routine, starting with a single one and intertwining them into three-dimensional shapes through and around his body to illustrate the renewal of creation.

During the last half of his performance, Locke invited staff members and students to take the floor, and engaged them in the basic movements of hoop dancing.

Locke has performed and lectured in more than 80 countries worldwide for nearly three decades. He has served as a cultural ambassador for the United States Information Service since 1980, appearing at the 1992 Earth Summit in Brazil, and as a featured performer and speaker at the 1996 United Nations Habitat II Conference in Turkey.

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