New Orleans-born Grayhawk Perkins, who is of Native American Choctaw and Houma Nation decent, is a well known cultural figure in Louisiana. In his career, he has worked professionally as an educator, historian, and a musician. As a musician, he has been involved with the New Orleans music industry for decades, having shared the stage with many notable acts such as the Neville Brothers and Coco Robicheaux. He performs regularly at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the Voodoo Experience Music Festival, and has worked as a Jazz Fest Coordinator for over 25 years.
As a recognized expert on Native American and American Colonial history, Perkins has inspired many audiences over the years sharing tales of ancient cultures as a 'tribal storyteller', and as a teacher of various subjects in Louisiana's school system. He has taught music, history, writing, and environmental studies to students ranging in age from Pre-K to college level, and has been a solo performer for Young Audiences for over 15 years.
Other credentials include his work as an Interpretive Ranger for the Louisiana Office of State Parks and designer of the Canne Brulee Natural History Museum in Kenner's Rivertown District, under sponsorship of the City of Kenner. He has also worked in the film industry as an actor and has been called upon as a historical consultant to numerous films shot in the Southern United States. Most recently, Perkins was honored by St. Tammany Parish President Kevin Davis as Cultural Artist of the Year for 2010 in the field of music.
Grayhawk draws students into another time period through stories and his original compositions of Native Americans. Students will become part of each story by portraying characters, singing refrains and learning a friendship dance.
Through audiences participation, this uplifting program is designed to introduce awareness of the different cultures of Louisiana's heritage through song and demonstrate how 'New Orleans Music' is derived from many musical styles from around the world.