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Mark ThunderWolf

Mark ThunderWolf is a Native American flutist and recording artist of Lakota and Eastern Band Cherokee Wolf Clan descent. He was born in Chattanooga, TN, the son of a musician who had mastered many instruments during his lifetime. As a child, Mark watched and listened to his father play guitar, fiddle, organ and piano all by ear. Mark often dreamed of being a musician and as a teenager bought an acoustic twelve-string guitar and later a Dobro acoustic guitar, but never quite connected with either instrument. While in high school, he was given a harmonica and quickly mastered it playing along with popular songs on the radio. Over the years, he jammed with friends and bands at bars and made many guest appearances with local bands across the country, but always felt something was missing.

In the spring of 2001, while working in Southern California, he visited a wolf sanctuary. The Founder of the sanctuary gifted him his first flute. Mark cannot read or write music, but as his father had taught him to do with any instrument, he began playing by ear. It didn’t take long for him to learn the rudiments of the Native American instrument. As he practiced every weekend at the sanctuary, the wolves, eagles, red tail hawks and ravens taught him how to connect to them through his flutes. He sold his beloved Harley-Davidson named “Ethel” and used the money to record his first CD, “Thru the Eyes...Of My Brother,” after playing for only eight months.

During the past nine years he has toured extensively across the US and Canada, and his music has developed an explosive following. His music is played across North America, as well as 14 other countries including the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden, and he was the first featured artist on NativeRadio.com. He received nominations in the 2004 Just Plain Folks Music Awards and The 2004 and 2005 Native American Music Awards, and was selected as a showcase performer for the 17th Annual Folk Alliance International Music Conference in Montreal, Canada. Therapists, doctors and people everywhere recognize and enjoy the healing quality of the meditative music, a gift that he has been given by the animals and living elements of the Earth.

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