The First Flute - Hard Cover Book (autographed)
Limited copies, each personally autographed by author Jan Michael Looking Wolf!
Inside the book jacket is a bonus cd with a reading of the story in both English and Dakota, along with music from Jan Michael Looking Wolf.
The book's dimensions are 7.25 inches X 10 inches. The illustrations are a beautiful work of art by award winning artist Don Oelze.
The First Flute is published and distributed world-wide by Red Deer Press and has received several awards. Here are just some of the reviews by book critics and magazines!
"Audiences will quickly become immersed in the combination of storytelling, music, and artwork. . . Looking Wolf's music is atmospheric and moving. Masterful paintings, lush, vibrant, frequently suffused with sunlight..."
— Kirkus Reviews
"The First Flute is a reverent retelling of a Dakota traditional story about the importance of names, and the value of music. Presented in both English and Dakota, each poignant page is accompanied by a stunning realistic painting of majestic, stirring portraits of figures from a Plains Peoples time past. . . Together the book and audio CD create an immersion experience of Native story telling."
— Midwest Book Review
"This is, once again, a winning collaboration by author, artist and musician. . . The design is impressive; the accompanying CD shares the story in English, French and Dakota. Jan Michael Looking Wolf's haunting flute playing is wonderful and adds special meaning to David's retelling of this traditional Dakota story. . . Dan Oelze's detailed images are infused with light, and set in the beauty of the prairie landscape. His fascination with North American Native life is evident on every page, giving readers clear context for Dancing Raven's life and experiences."
— Sal's Fiction Addiction blog
"The straightforward text, in both English and Dakota, is accompanied by dazzling works of art that feature richly attired characters and handsome horses against lush backgrounds and stunning vistas."
— Booklist Online
"The illustrations by Don Oelze are stunning and add a detailed visual to the to the storytelling. Before the story, there is a section entitled Protocol. Bouchard explains that this version of the story was told by Standing Elk, the uncle of the flutist, Jan Michael Looking Wolf. Bouchard also outlines the proper protocol for storytelling. The First Flute makes a good addition for any collection. The inclusion of the CD makes The First Flute stand out as readers can also experience traditional storytelling and the evocative sounds of the flute music to accompany the book.
— CM Magazine
The First Flute
A story of the healing path of the Native American Flute!
Jan Michael Looking Wolf (co-author and music)
Recording Artist/Performer/Educator/Author of the Native American Flute, Jan Michael Looking Wolf is one of the world’s most notable players of the instrument and a One World Music Radio Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient.
David Bouchard (co-author)
Best-selling Metis author David Bouchard is an Order of Canada recipient and the author of many books for young readers including The Aboriginal Carol and Nokum is My Teacher. He lives in Victoria.
Don Oelze (illustrations)
was born in New Zealand. He had a fascination with the lifestyle of cowboys and Indians from a very early age. After studying art and meeting other artists he focused his subject area on native life. He lives in Montana with his wife Utako.