Pocumtuck Homelands Festival 2018


Kelvin Mockingbird
We’re very excited and honored that Kelvin Mockingbird is coming all the way from Sedona, AZ, to be here. Mockingbird was inspired to begin playing flute when he was 16 years old after attending a concert at Flagstaff Mall where his uncle Irvin Tso was performing with Robert Tree Cody. The two musicians were playing music in the style of their own traditions, Dine/Navajo and Lakota, respectively. The music made a profound impression on the young man. That night he asked his uncle to make him a flute and his uncle agreed to do this in exchange for Mockingbird making a traditional grass dance outfit for him. Two weeks later they exchanged their items at a powwow. Mockingbird said his uncle then taught him how to play the flute and blow through it, but he would not teach him his songs. “You have your songs inside you. It is part of becoming a man.” He practiced for three days and on the fourth day became discouraged and put the flute away. That night he awoke to a profound dream and the next morning took the flute off the shelf and began to play again. Since then Mockingbird put out ten albums, most recently his fourth solo CD called “Night Echo – Star Seed. The first six were recorded with “Burning Sky” which included Aaron White, Michael Bannister, John Katz and John Densmore, former drummer of “The Doors”. One of these albums, “Spirits in the Wind”, was nominated for a Grammy in 2003 as Best Native American album. They also received several Native American Music Awards (NAMA) and Flagstaff Music Awards. He has played with Taj Majal, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Brown, Shaun Colvin, Lyle Lovett and Bruce Cockburn. Mockingbird’s performance at the festival will be a mixture of original songs and stories. He explained traditional music is reserved for ceremonies. He feels his music is a “tool for healing a world of indifference……. trying to unite all……becoming a human being.”
black hawk singers phf 2015
The Black Hawk Singers are pictured here from their 2015 visit to the Pocumtuck Homelands Festival. This is their third year and we couldn’t be more pleased. They will be performing, with Urban Thunder, at 10:15 a.m., 2:15 p.m., and 6:15 p.m. Plus, Bryan Blanchette, who is also a singer-songwriter-guitarist will have two solo sets at 12:40 p.m. and 3:55 p.m.
Grandfather Thunder 21
This is one of the drawings by author/illustrator Christine Almstrom who collaborated in the creation of a children’s book called “Grandfather Thunder & The Night Horses”. It is a bilingual English/Lakota creation story based on the legend of the Thunder Horses. Almstrom worked closely with the Thunder Valley Lakota Language Initiative on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and through permission of the council elders
Jenifer Lee's wigwam PHF
This picture of Jennifer Lee’s wigwam and bark baskets is from 2014. You will see her at this year’s festival. Her grandson, pictured here, is much bigger now.


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