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PUBLISHED: 4:39 PM on Wednesday, September 12, 2007
SEARHC, others to hold FASD awareness concerts
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Behavioral Health Department is teaming up with KTOO Radio/Television, NCADD of Juneau, Aware Inc., Tlingít-Haida Central Council, CCTHITA/Tribal Family and Youth Services, and One Heart Creations to sponsor a series of concerts and workshops on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 14-15, to bring awareness to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders).

The concerts and workshops are part of a series of events in honor of International FASD Awareness Day (Sept. 9), National Native American Recovery Month and National Recovery Month.

One of the featured performers is 15-year-old Native American flute player Morgan Fawcett of Powers, Ore., who has FASD and was born in Juneau.

Morgan and his grandparents - Sue and Roy Hempel - will have 60 to 70 donated Native flutes they will give to young people who attend Morgan's workshops. Morgan will be joined by Native flute maker Dennis Hatch, a Chippewa who lives in Washougal, Wash.

An article about Morgan with an audio sample can be found at http://www.theworldlink.com/articles/2007/06/30/breaking/tpnews06300701.txt. Information about Dennis' flutes is online at http://www.nativefluteonline.com.

Also appearing will be nationally recognized violinist Arvel Bird of Nashville, Tenn., who is of Southern Paiute, Me'tis and Scottish heritage. Arvel was trained as a classical violinist, but now plays a mix of bluegrass, Celtic, folk, country, jazz and old-time music.

Arvel spent 11 years touring with Glen Campbell, Loretta Lynn, Tom T. Hall, Louise Mandrell, Ray Price and Clay Walker before starting to record his own solo work and going on his own international tours.

He has recorded 10 CDs and one DVD since 2002, and four of the CDs were nominated for Native American Music Awards or Indian Summer Music Awards. Arvel's Web site is http://www.arvelbird.com.

Morgan will appear at 3 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10, on KTOO-FM's radio show "A Juneau Afternoon," while Arvel will appear on the show at 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14. At 7 p.m. on Friday, Morgan and Arvel appear together at the Juneau Library downtown for storytelling.

At 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, Arvel presents a concert at Juneau-Douglas High School. Tickets are $10 per adult (children 12-younger free) at Hearthside Books.

Morgan also will host three youth flute workshops from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 11-13 at the CCTHITA/TFYS office, Suite 300, ANB Hall, 320 W. Willoughby Ave., and Morgan will participate in shows for elders and church-goers.

"I am more than happy to be coming to Juneau. I can't wait to be home," Morgan said.

"I will be meeting family that I have never met before. Also, I will be working with many great people that I have only talked to for over four months, some close to a year, and never face to face. We are working on a great cause. To teach the youth of Juneau to play the Native American flute is one of the best feelings. If I am feeling this good before I get there, I can't wait to finish the first annual event and start on next year's."

FASD is a term that describes a variety of conditions that happen to children whose mothers drank alcohol during pregnancy. FASD can cause physical, mental, behavioral and/or learning disabilities with lifelong implications.

For more information about FASD, please call CCTHITA/TFYS Juneau FASD Diagnostic Clinic Coordinator Ric Iannolino at 463-7373 or SEARHC Community Family Service Worker Norene Otnes at 463-6670.


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