Two years ago in mid-March the Morris Area Public School planned to host Kevin Locke, a world famous visionary Hoop Dancer, storyteller and recording artist. Tabitha Morris the Morris Area Coordinator for American Indian Education arranged for Locke to return to the school for that performance last week.
Locke has nearly 40 years of performing to over hundreds of thousands of people in over 90 countries. About 80 percent of his presentations are performed through the educational system and shared with children of all ages in schools, community centers and festivals internationally. As a folk artist, he used his talents to teach others about his specific tribal background. His special joy is working with children on the reservations to ensure the survival and growth of idigenous culture.
At Morris Area School, Locke played several different sizes of flute and did some traditional dance. He also did hoop dancing working up to using 28 hoops in his dance. After his presentation, he invited children from the audience to come up and learn some of the basic steps in the hoop dance.