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Grammy Winner to Speak at Anoka County Library

Date: Jan 6th, 2014

Keith Bear (O’Mashi! Ryu Ta - “Northern Lights”), a world renowned Mandan-Hidatsa storyteller and musician will be at the Johnsville Library in Blaine on Monday, February 3, 2:30 p.m

This family program is free and open to the public.

A master flute maker and Grammy award-winning performer, Bear shares the music, beliefs, and stories of his people, the Mandan-Hidatsa.“Within a few minutes of listening to Keith, you’ll realize you’re not just hearing his story, but the story of a culture that is part of this country’s foundation,” said Anoka County Commissioner and Library Board Liaison Julie Braastad.  “It’s a historical journey of word and song.”

After growing up outside the tribal traditions Keith Bear returned to his people and reconnected through the “sacred branch of the Tree of Life,” the flute. Through extended family members, friends, and ceremonies, Bear learned traditional songs, beadwork, porcupine quillwork, flute music, and traditional stories.  He is from the Three Affiliated Tribes in Fort Berthold, North Dakota.

Bear is part of the Library’s Listen Up: Stories and Sounds for Families and Kids series. These free programs are sponsored by the Anoka County Library and funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund