Two years ago world renowned Native American flutist, traditional storyteller and flute maker Keith Bear spent a week performing for and educating students in Colusa County Schools. He was also the main performer at the annual Behavioral Health Stamp Out Stigma Rally that week.
Bear won the hearts of many people he came into contact with in Colusa County and surrounding counties during that trip.
Now he is returning as one of the first artists to perform on the Colusa County Fair’s new stage; “Courtyard Stage” during the upcoming 76th annual Colusa County Fair June 4-7. Bear will perform twice nightly each night of the fair.
He will also spend time visiting with fair patrons in other areas of the fairgrounds.
“We are excited to have Keith coming back to Colusa County,” said Colusa County Fair CEO Jonathan Howard. “Keith’s performances have a magic about them. With this year’s fair theme “There’s Magic in the Fair’ he is the perfect entertainment choice,” said Howard.
Keith Bear ( O’Mashi! Ryu Ta – “Northern Lights”) has appeared as a solo presenter, performer and storyteller at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the Kennedy Center, Lewis & Clark Bicentennial signature events throughout the United States, the International Storytellers Festival in Wales, UK; the North Dakota Arts Council, and in cultural programs throughout Europe. He has soloed with the National Symphony and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in performances of the Old Turtle Symphony (Composer: Linda Tutas Haugen).
Bear is Mandan Hidatsa from Drags Wolf Village on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in Northwestern North Dakota. His music has been nominated for a Grammy and has won an NAMMY (Native American Music Award).<