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.”