An enrolled Kalapuya Tribal Elder of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde who resides within his indigenous homelands in Oregon and honored Army Veteran, Jan Michael Looking Wolf is a world renowned Native American musician and educator that shares his powerful message of the tradition of ‘ONE HEART’. In short, it is a universal truth that everyone is equal regardless of the color of our skin, tribal affiliation, language we speak, income, gender, faith, nationality or personal beliefs. ‘ONE HEART' is the recognition of Unity through Diversity.
Following two strokes from a rare hereditary enzyme disorder prone to Native American people, Jan Michael was a paraplegic for almost a year in his late 20s. His prognosis was to be paralyzed the rest of his life and never walk again. After returning to his Tribal Reservation, Jan Michael received a miraculous healing and recovery. It was during that time that he returned to recording and performing music.
Traveling a broad range of musical styles with 29 full length albums spanning 3 decades, his recordings have garnered 74 awards and a top 10 ranking in the global radio charts. In addition to his own albums, Jan Michael has collaborated with many other well-known artists, introducing the Native American inspired music into genres such as folk, instrumental, pop, blues, rock, and hip-hop/rap. He has composed arrangements for video productions and feature film.
Jan Michael has dedicated his life to performing, teaching, and sharing the beauty of musical self-expression through his music and message of One Heart.
“During the journey here, I have found it is true that we are all related. Everyone across mother earth comes from an indigenous ancestor. Music is the common language that we all share, it can bring healing for the world.”
Jan Michael is the recipient of four Lifetime Achievement Awards from top music organizations. In 2022, he was presented with Lifetime Achievement at the Indigenous Superstars Awards, based out of Canada. In 2020, Jan Michael received the Global Music Awards' highest honor. He was presented with the Odyssey Award for Lifetime Achievement in Music. Just the previous year he became the first Native American in history to be inducted into the Music Hall of Fame by One World Music Radio with their Lifetime Achievement. Previously, Spirit Wind Records (New York) presented Jan Michael with awards for Lifetime Achievement and Humanitarian.
One of the most honored Native American recording artists in history, he has also received 14 Global Music Awards, an Indigenous Music Award, 2 Indian Summer Music Awards, 7 Native American Music Awards with 32 nominations there, the OFP Peace Star Award, and 2 One World Music Radio Awards for Best Native American Recording.
From the Global Music Award Founder and Executive Director, Thomas Baker Ph.D, “You may be wondering why we chose to honor Jan Michael Looking Wolf with Global Music Awards’ most important award of the year. Jan’s talent, creativity, quality of his work and generous contributions to other musicians are unique in the field of music. We appreciate his insistence on using and supporting the crafters of authentic Native American musical instruments. Jan has been a pivotal force in promoting and sharing both traditional and new Native American music in America and around the world. We are thrilled and honored to award him our highest award, our Odyssey Award for Lifetime Achievement in Music.”
Through his university courses and workshops, Jan Michael has taught over 18,000 people how to play the Native American Flute in person. Plus thousands more with his On Demand Video Workshops and Lessons. He is commonly referred to as the leading educator of the instrument.
He founded the World Flute Circle, an international group of flute players who play online for world peace.
With help from his family, Jan Michael provides an honor-recognition awards program for players and makers of the Native American Flute. The One Heart Award is presented for outstanding contribution to the community with the NAF.
Jan Michael continues to perform, teach, and advocate for peace around the world.
His appearances can vary from land acknowledgements with an honor song on his flute, full concerts, presentations on indigenous music, lectures, keynote speaker, to workshops and lectures at universities.
“May you always walk in Beauty, may you always live in Peace, and may we all join together in Harmony.”
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