Douglas Spotted Eagle

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Douglas Spotted Eagle
Birth name Douglas Wallentine
Born 1962 (age 52–53)
Origin Valley Junction, Iowa
Occupation(s) Flutist, musician
Labels Windham Hill Records[1]
Website [1]
Notable instruments

Douglas Spotted Eagle (born Douglas Wallentine)[2][3][4] is a musician, primarily known for playing the Native American-style flute. He is sometimes accompanied by Dineh singers and instrumentalists and at other times by a modern-style band. He is listed in The Native American Almanac as a flutist who does traditional and new age music,[5] and in World Music By Richard Nidel as a flutist and film composer "who incorporates synthesizers into Native sounds."[6]

Music career[edit]

His music mixes jazz, new age, pop, and world beat with his interpretations of Native American music.

Video production and software[edit]

Spotted Eagle is involved in video production and has written articles in the field.[citation needed] He is the producer of Sundance Media Group's 2002 video The Way of the Pow-Wow.[7]

Background and personal life[edit]

Spotted Eagle is not Native American himself. Born Douglas Wallentine,[2][3][4] he was raised in a non-Native family in Valley Junction, Iowa. After his family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, he was a guitarist in a rock and roll band.[citation needed]

He says he grew up around Lakota and Navajo families in Iowa and Utah, the former of which he says gave him his name when he was 14 or 16.[8][9] His claims of adoption into any Native American culture, as well as his use of a Native American name, have come under scrutiny.[citation needed]

Spotted Eagle lives in Utah. He lost his son Joshua Davis Wallentine to suicide.[10]

His hobbies include wingsuiting. In 2015 he was appointed the U.S. Team Manager for the First World Cup of Wingsuit Performance Flying.[11]


  • 1990 - Sacred Feelings (SOAR)
  • 1991 - CanyonSpeak (SOAR; reissued 2000)
  • 1991 - Legend of the Flute Boy (SOAR; reissued 2007)
  • 1992 - Stand at the Center (Natural Visions NV101)
  • 1993 - Human Rites (Natural Visions NV102)
  • 1994 - Ultimate Collection (Natural Visions/NV103)
  • 1994 - Common Ground (Natural Visions/NV106)
  • 1995 - Between Father Sky and Mother Earth by Various Artists
  • 1996 - Closer to far Away (Windham Hill/BMG)
  • 1997 - Tenaya: Ode to Yosemite (Natural Visions/NV120)
  • 1998 - Pray (Higher Octave)
  • 1999 - Voices


  • Making Arrows the Old Way!! (as Doug Wallentine. Later reissued after name change) Eagles View Publishing (1987)
  • Voices of Native America. Illustrated by Ralph L. Smith. Eagle's View Pub., ISBN 0-943604-56-7. ISBN 978-0-943604-56-5.[12] (1997).
  • Instant Sound Forge (VASST) (2004)
  • Using Soundtrack: Produce Original Music for Video, DVD, and Multimedia (2004) ISBN 978-1578202294
  • Instant Digital Audio: VASST Instant Series (2005 ) ISBN 978-1-57820-276-8
  • Vegas Editing Workshop (2005) ISBN 1-57820-279-5
  • Instant Adobe Encore (2005)
  • The Guerilla Filmmaker's Workshop (2005)
  • Basics of Digital Video (Sony) (2006)
  • YouTube for Dummies (technical editor) (2007)
  • HDV: What You NEED to Know (2008)
  • The Full HD: A Complete Guide to High Definition Video (2011)
  • Vegas Pro Editing Workshop (2012) ISBN 0-240-82369-9
  • Beyond the Full HD (4K/8K) third ed (2013)
  • The Book of Wingsuit Formations (2013) ASIN: B00BNHQ9U4


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