Native American music program
For the past few months, we joined other community organizations in North Central Washington to explore what it means to be Native American, an initiative sparked by a traveling display of images taken by the famed photographer of Native Americans Edward S. Curtis that will visit the region later this year.
Guest artists, musicians and speakers gave presentations at many of our libraries as part of the community conversation, called Beyond the Frame: To Be Native, that will explore Native American identity, race and resilience, art and culture.
The final program this year is:
Gary Stroutsos: Music and storytelling
Renowned flutist Gary Stroutsos is known for his haunting work on the Native American Flute, and is acknowledged to have made a significant contribution to the preservation of
American Indian music and culture. Himself a Greek-Italian-American, Stroutsos has had the rare opportunity to journey into the indigenous cultures and communities of North America, where he learned how to play the Native American Flute. Lakota, Mandan-Hidatsa, Navajo and Salish Kootenai Elders asked him to set their songs to his flute, which has been invaluable in the development of insight and the character of authenticity that his recordings embody.
Stroutsos has worked and recorded with many American Indian artists, including collaborating with Navajo flute maker Paul Thompson, a work which expresses the enduring legacy of the American Indian flute and its recent reintroduction into today’s society.
- Chelan Public Library: Dec. 18
- Leavenworth Public Library : Dec. 19, 3 p.m.
- Moses Lake Public Library: Dec. 17, 3 p.m.
- Wenatchee Public Library: Dec. 20, 2 p.m.