Kevin Locke Hoop Of Life Being Presented At Concord University

For Immediate Release: 
Apr 05 2017

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,


After 4 p.m.






ATHENS, W.Va. – Kevin Locke Hoop of Life will be presented at Concord University on Tuesday, April 11 during two performances. A 9 a.m. show is primarily for area school children. A second performance will be offered at 7 p.m. Both will take place in the Carter Center.

Kevin Locke is known to the world as a visionary hoop dancer, preeminent player of the indigenous Northern Plains flute, traditional storyteller, cultural ambassador, recording artist and educator. Kevin is Lakota and Anishinabe.

As a folk artist, he uses his talents to teach others about his specific tribal background. Through his performances, he engages children of all ages as active participants in the Hoop Dance. This allows his audience to immerse themselves in the art of storytelling through dance and music.

Kevin’s goal is to empower today’s youth in culture and “raise awareness of the Oneness we share as human beings.” His belief in the unity of humankind is expressed dramatically in the traditional Hoop Dance which illustrates “the roles and responsibilities that all human beings have within the hoops (circles) of life.”

“The American Indian use of the arts is different from the way the arts are used in North America today,” said Nancy Ellison, Director of Multicultural Affairs. “Art is often separate and used as an escape or recreation. In contrast Indigenous Peoples use the arts to focus on life and to maintain balance.”

“Kevin’s presentations contribute inspiring opportunities to discover traditional Native American culture, history and values. Utilizing Indian sign language, storytelling, flute and song, Kevin engages audiences in entertaining and educational discussions,” she said.

The Concord University community and the general public are invited to attend the performances at no charge.

Kevin Locke is appearing at Concord with funding from a West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission Diversity for Equity Grant.

For additional information contact Nancy Ellison at or 304-384-6086.





Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679 extension 6086

if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.