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Lord of the rings comes to town

Native American hoop dancer Kevin Locke is in India to raise awareness of oneness. Satyen Mohapatra tells more.

art and culture Updated: Apr 25, 2007 13:06 IST

World-renowned Native American hoop dancer Kevin Locke, with the goal to raise awareness of oneness, is all set to
perform in India. Locke belongs to the Lakota and Anishinabe tribes. Named "Tokeya Inajin" - meaning, "the first to arise" in his native tongue - Kevin has been the cultural ambassador for the United States Information Service since 1980 and has performed and lectured in more than 80 countries.

Through his traditional Hoop dance, Kevin demonstrates the roles and responsibilities that all human beings have within the hoops (or circles) of life. In the complex and acrobatic Lakota Hoop dance, Kevin whirls within intersecting and twirling hoops, revealing designs that show the way of life.

The hoops represent unity while the four colours – black, red, yellow, and white – mean four directions, four seasons, four winds, four human races and more.

Finally, all 28 hoops interlock to form an interdependent sphere in which all beings have vital and essential roles to play.

Kevin gives regular concerts and presentations in schools, universities, conferences, parks, monuments and historic sites.
In 1990, he was awarded the National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts, recognising him as a “Master Traditional Artist who has contributed to the shaping of our artistic traditions and to preserving the cultural diversity of the United States.”

A prominent player of the indigenous Northern Plains flute, Kevin is also a story teller and recording artist with twelve albums of music and stories like "The First Flute", "Open Circle", "Keepers of the Dream" and “Dream Catcher.”

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