Jan Michael Looking Wolf
"A modern master of the Native American Flute, a premier performer of the instrument of our time."
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An enrolled Kalapuya member 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 flute player that has dedicated his life to sharing and teaching the Native American Flute.
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 recovered 100 percent. It was during that time that he started playing the Native American Flute.
Jan Michael’s lifeway and musical expressions are based on 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.
Traveling a broad range of musical styles with 28 full length albums spanning 3 decades, his recordings have garnered 74 awards and a top 10 ranking in the global radio charts. An official "High Spirits Artist", 5 of his most popular recordings have been released through High Spirits Flutes. In addition to his own albums, Jan Michael has collaborated with many other well-known artists, introducing the Native American Flute into genres such as 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 the Native American Style Flute.
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“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.”
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Following years of research of the Native American Flute, Jan Michael created a curriculum for an accredited university course which he has instructed regularly for over 18 years. He has authored two published books: “One Heart - Journey with the Native American Flute”, an inclusive eBook, and “The First Flute”, an inspirational fictional story published by Red Deer Press.
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.
“May you always walk in Beauty, may you always live in Peace, and may we all join together in Harmony.”
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