Douglas Spotted Eagle
|Douglas Spotted Eagle|
|Birth name||Douglas Wallentine|
|Born||1962 (age 52–53)|
|Origin||Valley Junction, Iowa|
|Years active||1990 - present|
|Labels||Formerly at Windham Hill Records|
Douglas Spotted Eagle (born Douglas Wallentine) is a musician, primarily known 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.
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."
Video production and software
Spotted Eagle is the producer of Sundance Media Group's 2002 video The Way of the Pow-Wow.
Background and personal life
Spotted Eagle is not Native American himself. Born Douglas Wallentine, 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.
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. However, Iowa and Utah do not have Lakota or Navajo communities, and 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.
Spotted Eagle lives in Utah. He lost his son Joshua Davis Wallentine to suicide.
His hobbies include wingsuiting. In 2015 he was appointed the U.S. Team Manager for the First World Cup of Wingsuit Performance Flying.
- 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)
- 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 Pro Editing Workshop Multi-volume series
- Digital Video Basics (Sony) (2006)
- HDV: What You NEED to Know (2008)
- The Book of Wingsuit Formations (2013) ASIN: B00BNHQ9U4
- Douglas Spotted Eagle bio at GetTune. Accessed 6 June 2015
- "Making Indian Bows and Arrows by Douglas Spotted Eagle Wallentine" at Manataka
- Making Arrows the Old Way!! by Douglas Spotted Eagle
- "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.
- "NAIIP Musical Paths - North American Indian & Indigenous People" at The People's Paths / Yvwiiusdinvnohii (2010). Accessed 10 Oct 2015. "Note: Douglas Wallentine, aka Douglas Spotted Eagle, is not Native American Indian."
- The Native American Almanac by Arlene B. Hirschfelder, Martha Kreipe De Montaño
- World Music by Richard Nidel, p. 311
- Handbook of Native American Mythology by Dawn Elaine Bastian, Judy K. Mitchell, page 244
- "Native Inspired or Influenced Musicians" at rainbowwalker.net. Accessed 15 Oct 2015
- Death: Joshua Davis Wallentine in the Desert News, Tuesday, Nov. 17 1998 12:00 a.m. MST
- USPA Board Meeting Concludes