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This presentation features the personal journey of five Native Americans...told through the sound of the Native American flute. Featured are: R. Carlos Nakai ( Navajo/Ute ), Kevin Locke ( Lakota ), Sonny Nevaquaya ( Commanche ), Tom Mauchahty-Ware ( Kiowa ) and Hawk LittleJohn ( Cherokee ). Millions of people around the world have enjoyed their music through recordings, live performances and film sound tracks.
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SONGKEEPERS is an exceptional visual and aural representation of the Native American flute's evolution. This is achieved through the exceptional music, scenery, historical content and compelling words and flute performances of all the artists. The deep, insightful comments from everyone in this film stir the emotions and truth within the heart and soul. To hear the true meaning of the flute and its traditions from the individuals who are living it, is truly extraordinary and awesome. SONGKEEPERS fills the void in the flute information link. It reveals the truth of what the flute was and what it is today. The ending of this film, in particular, leaves the viewer in a deep and profound silence, overwhelmed by the presence and depth of feeling that the Native American flute invokes from all who play and speak about it. -- Dr. Kathleen Joyce-Grendahl , Voice of the Wind, Volume 2, 1999From the Contributor:
SONGKEEPERS explores the mysterious origins, time honored legends, the spiritual values and personal pathways of several cultures and each individual artist. You'll learn how the flute was utilized within diverse cultural traditions; types of songs played and uses within those cultures. Each artist Honors and pays tribute to those songkeepers who influenced them personally and culturally, past and present. Traditional and contemporary influences play a role in each artist today. Hear them articulate their own personal experiences and journey , over a backdrop of flute sounds and beautiful landscape scenery.
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