Douglas Spotted Eagle

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Douglas Spotted Eagle
Birth nameDouglas Wallentine
Born1962 (age 56–57)
OriginValley Junction, Iowa
Occupation(s)Audio engineer, producer, flautist
Years active1990 - present
LabelsFormerly at Windham Hill Records[1]

Douglas Spotted Eagle (born Douglas Wallentine)[2][3][4] is a musician and producer, primarily known for audio engineering and production, for which he has won a Grammy Award,[5] as well as for playing the Native American-style flute. He is listed in the Library of Folk Music, The Native American Almanac, and NAIIP Musical Paths as a non-Native flautist who composes New Age and "contemporary ethnic" music.[6][7][8]

Music career[edit]

His music mixes jazz, new age, pop, and world beat with his interpretations of Native American music. In his book, World Music, Richard Nidel described him as a flautist and film composer "who incorporates synthesizers into Native sounds."[9]

Video production and software[edit]

Spotted Eagle is the producer of Sundance Media Group's 2002 video The Way of the Pow-Wow.[10]

Background and personal life[edit]

Spotted Eagle is not Native American himself.[6][7] 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 Christian rock 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.[11][12] However, his claims of adoption into any Native American culture, his use of a Native American-sounding name, and concerns around the Indian Arts and Crafts Act have led to writers and reviewers emphasizing that he is not Native American.[6][7][13]

Spotted Eagle lives in Utah. He lost his son Joshua Davis Wallentine to suicide.[14]

His hobbies include wingsuiting. In 2015 he was appointed the U.S. Team Manager for the First World Cup of Wingsuit Performance Flying.[15]


  • 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 / self-published (1987)
  • Voices of Native America: Native American Music Eagles View Publishing / self-published (1997) ISBN 978-0943604565
  • Using Soundtrack: Produce Original Music for Video, DVD, and Multimedia (2004) ISBN 978-1578202294
  • Instant Encore DVD 1.5 (2004) ISBN 9781578202454
  • Instant Vegas 5 (2004) ISBN 978-1578202607
  • Digital Video Basics: Your Guide to Making Great Movies (2004) ISBN 978-0976238003
  • HDV: What You NEED to Know (2004)ISBN 978-0976238010
  • Instant Digital Audio: VASST Instant Series (2005 ) ISBN 978-1-57820-276-8
  • HDV : What You NEED to Know! **Second Edition**, The Complete Guide (2006) ISBN 978-0976238027


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  2. ^ a b Douglas Spotted Eagle bio at GetTune. Accessed 6 June 2015
  3. ^ a b "Making Indian Bows and Arrows by Douglas Spotted Eagle Wallentine" at Manataka
  4. ^ a b Making Arrows the Old Way!! by Douglas Spotted Eagle
  5. ^ (2016). "Listing of Grammy 43rd annual winners". Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  6. ^ a b c "Wallentine, Douglas aka Douglas Spotted Eagle - Native Inspired or Influenced Musician (not Native)" at Folk Library Index : A Library of Folk Music Links (09-01-2015). Accessed 10 Oct 2015.
  7. ^ a b c "NAIIP Musical Paths - North American Indian & Indigenous People Archived September 16, 2015, at the Wayback Machine" at The People's Paths / Yvwiiusdinvnohii (2010). Accessed 10 Oct 2015. "Note: Douglas Wallentine, aka Douglas Spotted Eagle, is not Native American Indian."
  8. ^ The Native American Almanac by Arlene B. Hirschfelder, Martha Kreipe De Montaño
  9. ^ World Music by Richard Nidel, p. 311
  10. ^ Handbook of Native American Mythology by Dawn Elaine Bastian, Judy K. Mitchell, page 244
  11. ^ Spottedeagle Archived August 20, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Archived October 24, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "Native Inspired or Influenced Musicians" at Accessed 15 Oct 2015
  14. ^ Death: Joshua Davis Wallentine in the Desert News, Tuesday, Nov. 17 1998 12:00 a.m. MST
  15. ^ USPA Board Meeting Concludes Archived May 15, 2015, at the Wayback Machine