ADAMS -- Violinist and Native American flutist Arvel Bird -- known as "Lord of the Strings" -- said this week that he hopes to bring "a moving experience, and a fun one" to Bowe Field on Aug. 10.
Bird is part of the 8th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow hitting town Aug. 10-11. He ranks among the most noteworthy musicians taking part.
"Most people don't think of the violin as a traditional Native American instrument," Bird said in an interview Tuesday. "I portray that history through music and stories."
With 20 albums and two DVDs to his name, along with four Indiana State Fiddle Contest titles and Native American Music and Canadian Aboriginal Music awards, Bird's career has been a prolific one.
He travels the continent playing roughly 150 shows a year, and described his music as something like "'Braveheart' meets ‘Last of the Mohicans' " -- played at Woodstock.
Labeled Celtic Fusion, Bird's music has been said to move those willing to submit themselves.
"What I bring to the circle is the power of music to heal," Bird said.
The story of Native American incorporation of the violin began in the late seventeenth century, Bird said, another product of the blending of cultures between Native Americans and the settling Europeans.
Bird's own history with the instrument began while growing up in Salt Lake City, Utah.
"I wanted to play trumpet as a kid," Bird said.
He later attended Arizona State University and studied classical music.
But Bird said his music's evolved and added influences since then. Blue grass, folk and Appalachian became important touchpoints, he said.
"After 11 years of playing the violin, I learned not only how to play but to discover music," he said. "I fused my Celtic roots with my Native American heritage. ... It's folk music, Americana."
It also tells a definite story. Bird said attendees can expect music representing animals and other power creatures, along with historical tales of heroes like Chief Joseph, Geronimo and Crazy Horse.
Before the pow wow in Adams, Bird is traveling Canada to play several festivals, campsites and a benefit to save a piece of environmental property from development in the Ontario city of Windsor.
In Adams, he'll take the stage at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 11, and 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., on Sunday, Aug. 12.
Pow wow organizer Susan Jameson, of the Lenox nonprofit Healing Winds, said she's excited the event will feature Bird.
"This is someone that goes to all the big pow wows," Jameson said. "We're blessed to know him and have people like him playing."
Jameson said Bird passed up an opportunity in Arizona to take part.
"He'd been given an offer to go to the Grand Canyon for a film project," Jameson said. "So imagine, they chose to come to Adams instead."