Kevin Locke was raised on the Standing Rock Reservation in South Dakota and learned the stories, myths and oral history from his elders in the Lakota tribe. His stories come to life through the sound of the flute and the Lakota language.
Native American storyteller Kevin Locke will bring an uplifting mix of stories, music and dance to the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site on May 2.
Locke appears free of charge at 2 p.m. in the site’s Interpretive Center auditorium as part of the St. Louis Storytelling Festival, sponsored by the University of Missouri St. Louis.
Locke was raised on the Standing Rock Reservation in South Dakota and learned the stories, myths and oral history from his elders in the Lakota tribe. His stories come to life through the sound of the flute and the Lakota language.
Locke has been active in reviving the indigenous flute tradition, which had teetered on the brink of extinction. He also performs intricate dances with 28 hoops.
He has performed in hundreds of festivals, parks and schools, as well as 80 countries.
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site is eight miles from St. Louis, in Collinsville, off Interstates 55/70 (Exit 6) and Illinois 255 (Exit 24) on Collinsville Road.
The Interpretive Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and the grounds are open until dusk. There is no admission fee but a suggested donation of $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, $2 for students and $15 for families.
For more information, call (618) 346-5160 or go to cahokiamounds.org.
The site is operated by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. IHPA protects the state’s historic resources, which contribute to education, culture and the economy. IHPA sites include ancient burial mounds, forts and buildings erected by settlers, and homes connected to famous Illinoisans.