Award-winning native American flutist to perform benefit show May 14
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., Apr. 22, 2011
Joseph FireCrow is a native American Cheyenne flutist who has been performing since 1992.
Besides earning a Grammy nomination in 2001, for his album “Cheyenne Nation,” he also won a Native American Music Association (NAMA) Songwriter of the Year award for “Legend of the Warrior” in 2003.
He has also won NAMA awards (out of an impressive eight nominations) for his work with the Billings Symphony for Best Instrumental Recording in 2005, and took home the “Flutist of the Year” honors in 2006.
“My musical journey began when I was young,” FireCrow said, via his website. “Drums were a regular part of our lives. In the summer were the war dances, now called powwows. As kids, we would imitate the drummers on my mother’s galvanized washtub.”
FireCrow said the first time he heard the flute, he was a young boy living on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation located in southeastern Montana.
“Grover Wolfvoice was the flute man playing this wonderful music,” he said. “The music was beautiful to my ears, yet it scared me. There was much poverty and depression at that time. The sound of the flute touched my heart, where there was much pain and uncertainty. Through all of the hardships of reservation life, the beauty and wonder of our homeland beckoned to me.”
FireCrow will perform at 6:30 p.m. on May 14 at Glastonbury High School, presented by Hawkwing - a non-profit organization which offers cross-cultural education while assisting the people of the Lakota (Sioux) Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
Tickets are $25, and proceeds from the show and accompanying silent auction will benefit the Helping Hands housing rehabilitation project on the reservation.
The fourth annual Moccasin Walk will take place the following day, May 15, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Riverfront Community Center, at 300 Welles St.