John Bear’s life experience is filled with the challenges of many Native Americans who have had to adapt and make sense of their lives in modern culture. His Grandparent’s teachings have given him the strength to find a positive role by blending traditional Native values and contemporary reality.
John is of Choctaw / Apache heritage and was taught to play the flute at an early age. He has used the Native flute to carry him through the many transitions in his adult life. Many challenges have motivated John to participate in Pow-wow committees, as well as serving in drug and alcohol programs, playing the flute and teaching positive life practices. His traditional style of play expresses John’s connection with his family and the values they have taught him.
Today, John composes his flute songs from his rich present day and past life experiences. The melodies are haunting, soothing and filled with his natural connection to the Native American Flute.