Native American / China Exchange

Funded by the U.S. Embassy-Beijing, the Native American / China Exchange features distinguished Native American artists conducting workshops and performances across China.


The exchange features a small ensemble led by Kevin Locke, the preeminent player of the indigenous Northern Plains flute and an inspiring hoop dancer, traditional storyteller, and cultural ambassador. Kevin’s work has earned wide acclaim, and reflects his roots in South Dakota and the Lakota and Anishinaabe native tribes.

The accompanying artists are exemplary performers from other Native American tribes, demonstrating a breadth of native traditions and cultures. The exchange provides a platform to explore our two nations’ values and commonalities through traditional artistry.

This program builds on a successful prior exchange. From March 2 – 15, 2014, Arts Midwest produced residency activities in Kunming and Beijing, China, with a trio led by Kevin Locke. The activities featured song, dance, storytelling, demonstrations of traditional crafts, audience participation, and question & answer sessions. Many of the workshops included ethnic minority artists and students, which encouraged interactive performances and a true exchange of traditional culture. The program reached audiences in a variety of settings, from rural village schools to centers for migrant workers to universities and major cultural institutions.

Partnerships and support

The Native American / China Exchange is a program of Arts Midwest supported by the United States Embassy-Beijing.


For more information, contact [email protected].