Kids learn about Native American Flute music

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Rapid City's downtown public library held a "Discovery Day for Kids" on this day off school.

This afternoon, kids and their families were able to meet Darren Thompson: a recognized educator, public speaker, and Native American Flute Player.

Thompson talked about the history of the instrument, how to play it, and how different flutes make different sounds.

He also played a variety of flutes to demonstrate the music with such a rich tradition.

Native American Flute Player Musician Darren Thompson says, "My goal was to share part of my journey and to discuss music from my experience as well as a cultural perspective to them. With that came history, and performance, and song."

The North American Indian flute is one of the oldest instruments in the world.

The kids had the opportunity to take home one of Thompson's CD's for free.

He now lives in Rapid City, but is originally from the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe reservation in Wisconsin.

He'll be playing at least 150 times this summer here in the Black Hills.