McGuinness Meets Renowned native American flautist

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness is wrapped in an "Honour Blanket'  by Native American Indian Jan Michael Looking Wolf. Jan Michael presented the blanket, which symbolises honour, connection, blessing and goodwill, to the Deputy First Minister on behalf of the his Kalapuya Tribe.  Photo Credit Lorcan Doherty Photography
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness is wrapped in an "Honour Blanket' by Native American Indian Jan Michael Looking Wolf. Jan Michael presented the blanket, which symbolises honour, connection, blessing and goodwill, to the Deputy First Minister on behalf of the his Kalapuya Tribe. Photo Credit Lorcan Doherty Photography

The deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MP, MLA has welcomed Jan Michael Looking Wolf, a Kalapuya Native American with Irish decent, to Derry.

Jan Michael is a renowned Native American flutist, recording artist, educator and humanitarian who will be performing a concert in the city tonight.

He is a member of the Kalapuya Tribe and on behalf of his tribal chiefs, Jan Michael presented Mr McGuinness with a gift of an “Honour Blanket” which symbolizes recognition of honour and connection, blessings and goodwill.

Mr McGuinness thanked the Kalapuya Tribe for the gift and said;

“I am deeply honoured to receive such a beautiful gift which symbolises the prayers and goodwill of a Native American tribe which views equality for all people as a key principal of life. This is an ideal I share and this gift, which I will forever treasure, will be a constant reminder of the goodwill sent by the Kalapuya tribe.

“I am privileged to welcome Jan Michael, a winner of four prestigious Native American Music Awards, to Derry, and how fitting it is that he should be bringing us a flavour of his unique and endearing culture at a time when we look forward to embracing all cultures during our 2013 celebrations.”