Mary Youngblood of Orangevale CA wins Grammy!
- I was acquainted with Mary during the years I lived in the Sacramento
area. Mary grew up as an adopted child in a middle class White family
in the Sacramento area. (If you ever get a chance to hear her speak,
she has quite a story.) Mary studied classical flute for many years,
beginning in her childhood. She eventually lost interest in the
flute, gained a passionate interest in her heritage and what it meant
to be Native American.
She did lots of research and traveling and was reunited with her
birth family and came to feel most at home around Native people.
During this time she picked up a Native flute and took to it like she
was born to play.
Mary's flute playing is controversial. Some of the flutes she plays
are not particular to her own heritage. Some are actually considered
taboo for women to play. I am not going to take a side in that
debate. Cultural evolves. I am proud and happy that Mary, who felt
lost for so many years, has found her calling and her place in the
If anyone hears of any Northern CA events where Mary will be
appearing, please post them here!