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Historical, Musical, and Cultural Perspectives of the Flute

This page is dedicated to the Indigenous North American flute, the Native American-style flute, and world flutes. Topics will include the history, evolution, musical, and cultural aspects of various flute traditions, as well as individuals who have made a significant impact within the flute world. The primary article is copyright protected, meaning that it is the work product of the World Flute Society. All photos/images are copyright protected, as well. If you would like to contribute to the project by submitting an article, video, or other data, please contact us at: worldflutes@AOL.COM

 

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Michael Graham Allen (Coyote Oldman): "Michael Graham Allen: A Life of Flutes and Music"

          Web site: www.coyoteoldman.com

         

          Photo: MGA Performing with a Native American-style flute of his own creation

          Photo: MGA and Peter Phippen on stage

          Photo: MGA and Peter Phippen

          Photo: Michael Graham Allen (Coyote Oldman), 10-3-2021

Michael Graham Allen "Dream Flutes"

Michael Graham Allen Elderberry Rim-Blown Flute: Made from an elderberry stalk that grows in                        front of his workshop. It is based on New Zealand flutes. It is 4-1/2 inches long.

Michael Graham Allen Cicada Block Design (Photo: Russ Jones)

Michael Graham Allen Rim-Blown Flute

Michael Graham Allen (Coyote Old Man) Flute Maker's Mark

Michael Graham Allen Native American-style flute, five fingerholes

Michael Graham Allen Bird-Head Native American-Style Flute 1 (Photo: Russ Jones)

Michael Graham Allen Bird-Head Native American-Style Flute 2 (Photo: Russ Jones)

Michael Graham Allen Bird-Head Native American-Style Flute 3 (Photo: Russ Jones)

Michael Graham Allen Native American-Style Flute 1996 (Photo: Dr. Kathleen Joyce-Grendahl)

Michael Graham Allen Bird-Head, Birdseye Maple 2001 (Photo: Dr. Kathleen Joyce-Grendahl)

Michael Graham Allen Native American-Style Flute 2005  (Photo: Dr. Kathleen Joyce-Grendahl)

Michael Graham Allen Collection of Coyote Oldman Flutes (Photo: Russ Jones)

Michael Graham Allen Belo Cozad replica (Photo: Dr. Kathleen Joyce-Grendahl)

Michael Graham Allen Cicada Flute with Thimble Mouthpiece  (Photo: Michael Graham Allen)

                                                         Thimble Up Close

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Dr.  Oliver W. Jones (Odubya): "The Extraordinary Life of Dr. Oliver W. Jones"

          (1932 - 2021)

         

          Company: Wild Horse Mountain Flutes; Maker's Mark

          Photo: Dr. Oliver W. Jones, Kent State University (the first INAFA convention)

          Photo: Dr. Oliver W. Jones holding a tiger maple flute that he crafted

          Photo: Dr. Oliver W. Jones playing one of his flutes

          Photo: Dr. Oliver W. Jones in his workshop

          Dr. Oliver W. Jones Native American-style flute (Photo: Russ Jones)

          Dr. Oliver W. Jones Bird-Head Native American-style flute (Photo: Russ Jones)

          Dr. Oliver W. Jones Native American-style flute (Photo: Dr. Kathleen Joyce-Grendahl)

          Dr. Oliver W. Jones Tiger Maple  flute (Photo: Dr. Kathleen Joyce-Grendahl)

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Kevin Locke: "The Traditional Flute Voice of Indigenous America"

          (1954-2022)

          Web site: www.kevinlocke.com

          Other Articles About Kevin Locke:

          "North American Indigenous Flute vs. Native American Flute: A Lesson in Tradition from                         Kevin Locke" (by Josh Chrysler; November 30, 2020)

          "Origin Stories with Folk Artist Kevin Locke" (First Peoples Fund; October 8, 2021)

          Book by Kevin Locke: Arising

       

        CD About Kevin Locke: Preserving the Heritage ... Insights and Songs from Kevin Locke


          Videos: Kevin Locke: Tokeya Inajin (The First to Arise)

                          The Drum is the Thunder, the Flute is the Wind

                          Seasons on Standing Rock, "Morning Star" from Midnight Strong Heart

                          Kevin Locke Native Dance Ensemble, The Drum is the Thunder, the Flute is the Wind

                          Kevin Locke Interview, World Flute Society Convention 2016 - McLarty Films

                          Kevin Locke: Native Hoop Dance (Smithsonian Folklife)

                          Kevin Locke: Crazy Horse Memorial Song (Ohiyesa Locke)

                          2020 Kevin Locke Performance - The Hoop Dance  (Crazy Horse Memorial)

                          Kevin Locke: July 2016 Crazy Horse Memorial

                          Kevin Locke: 2017 Indigenous Peoples' Day (Northwestern University)

                          Kevin Locke and Doug Good Feather, WRIR 97.3 FM

                          Kevin Locke, Doug Good Feather, Wayne Silas, Jr. (Richmond Folk Festival)

                          In Memorium: Kevin Locke (South Dakota Public Broadcasting)

        Podcast: Kevin Locke: Lakota Flute Player, Hoop Dancer and 1990 National Heritage Fellow

                         (National Endowment for the Arts)

 

          Photos A: One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six

          Photos B: One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six

          Photos C: One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven

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