The Loon Call
Produced by Brent Runyon
w/ help from Jay Allison & Christina Egloff
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My grandfather is a kind of mythic figure in my
family. That's him holding the canoe on his head. That
picture was taken when he was seventy.
My parent's house is filled with the wooden statues
Grandpa Jim used to do, carved from logs and driftwood
he'd find on his hikes up in Michigan. Almost all of
them are human figures, beautiful, graceful forms.
There are dancers, walkers, waders, star gazers.
They're a constant reminder of the kind of man he was,
and the kind of man my Dad and I would both like to
When my Dad was growing up in Michigan, Grandpa Jim
would call him for dinner using a loon call. A sound
he made by clasping his hands together like two big
C's and blowing between his thumbs.
My Dad used the same call to bring my brother and me
home from playing kickball in the culdesac where we
grew up in the Finger Lakes region of Central, New
Brent's father Don trying to teach Brent how to do the Loon Call.
I'm twenty-four now and I've been trying to make the
loon call my whole life. Somehow I've never been able
to do it, and what's worse, I'm the only man in my
family who can't do it. But I've decided now that I'm
really going to try and learn.
Brent Runyon is a radio producer with Atlantic Public Media in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. His work has been heard on This American Life and Living on Earth. He is from Ithaca, New York.
Voices of the Loon
Loon Multimedia Page
Playing a loon call on a Native American flute
Kansas City Native American Flute Circle
The Call of the Loon: A Squamish Quest for Spirit Power
by David Christie
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