Saturday, August 19, 2023 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Native American Day: Billy Crowbeak Faluski (Flute) and John Burke as Captain Wolf

Join Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) as it honors Native Americans. Begin the afternoon with Valley City-based flutist Billy Crowbeak Faluski as he showcases some of his Native American-style flutes, which he handcrafts from cedar, cherry, poplar and sycamore. He will then demonstrate, performing improvisations in the style the instruments were intended to play. Primitive in nature, Faluski takes listeners to a subliminal place as he plays from the heart.

Next, enjoy Medina historian John Burke portray Captain Wolf, a Lenape/Delaware Indian who served under General William Henry Harrison and lived in his village on Chippewa Lake in Medina County. Woodland Indian life and culture with local historical references will be part of this presentation.

The free event takes place at HeARTland, 8187 Camp Road, Homerville, OH 44235. In the event of rain, the performances will take place at Homerville United Methodist Church, 9097 Spencer Road, Homerville, OH 44235.

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John Burke has been involved in Indian lore since he was in the Order of the Arrow as an Eagle Scout. As a local historian, he has continued his interest, in researching American Indian culture, especially in the woodlands of Ohio. He has made his clothing and accessories using the same materials as the Native Americans, duplicating artifacts in museums. John is a lifelong resident of Medina County where his ancestors date back to the first pioneers to Valley City. He has been Medina County Treasurer since 1994.

Billy Crowbeak Faluski has been creating Native American-style flutes since the 1980s and is known for his unique carving styles through the ever-growing native-style flute community. He has performed both locally and at numerous events around Ohio. Although not an enrolled member of any tribe, he traces his heritage to Eastern Cherokee on his mother’s side.