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Native American-style Flute Making

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This class will provide each participant with a chance to create an authentic, Native American-style rivercane flute. This Southeastern-style of pentatonic (5-hole) flute is end blown, easy to play, and very satisfying to make. The sound that resonates from these traditional instruments is hauntingly beautiful. This workshop will include creating, decorating, and learning to play the flutes.

Your flute will be made from either a type of wild indigenous grass, known as river cane (Arundinaria gigantea) or from its cousin, black bamboo, (Phyllostachys nigra). Both river cane and bamboo are specially selected and cut in the cold of winter, then stored for several months to dry out. Using only fire, each flute will be carefully decorated, further “curing” the cane and creating unique design patterns.

CLASS DETAILS:
Classes take from 3 to 5 hours and can been held at schools, homes, churches, summer camps, galleries, and even public parks. We will craft, decorate, and learn to play your flute. The cost of the workshop is generally around $65, per person. Prices may vary, dependant upon travel time and the number of participants. Pre-registration is required. Group Discounts are available, upon request. Best for adults and youth, ages 10 and up.

Download Hawk’s Flute Making Workshop Brochure.

Private Flute Making and Flute Playing Lessons are available upon request. To set up a flute-making workshop or to schedule private lessons please Contact Hawk.

Hear an Interview with Hawk about playing Native American Flutes
‘Conversations’ with Joan Mack: Aired 5/17/07 on WSCI Public Radio 89.3 FM.
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Flute Legends
Making and Playing Flutes
Hawk has a real passion for Native American Flutes. He has been playing them, making them, and teaching others how to create their own for over two decades. Gathering his own rivercane and bamboo - relaxing in the quite sacredness of the patches - this is one of his favorite ways to enjoy a day. Originally self-taught, he considers himself very fortunate to have studied with some of the finest flute makers and players across the country. His playing was influenced by his two friends, Snowbear Taylor and Frank Chambless, as well as, the early recordings ofCarlos Nakai and Bob Two Hawks. He his grateful for the assistance he received from Eddie Bushyhead, Oreo Van Doren, & Hawk Littlejohn. He has perfected his craft with lots and lots of mistakes and practice.

Learning to Play Your Flute
When first beginning to play, cover all of the play holes (the set of 2, 5, or 6 holes farthest from the end you are blowing into) with your fingers and gently breathe into the mouthpiece. Slowly you can release one finger at a time, starting at the end farthest away from the mouthpiece. Practice, patience, and time will, no doubt, result in beautiful music escaping from your flute.

To further your learning, private flute-playing lessons are available upon request. May we also recommend a wonderful user-friendly book, entitled ‘Flute Magic’, by Tim Crawford. To schedule lessons please Contact Hawk.

QUOTES FROM FLUTE MAKING PARTICIPANTS

“I made a flute with you years ago and really loved it. I play it almost everyday at a wilderness camp where I work with teenagers. They love it!”
- Will

“I so enjoyed making my rivercane flute - the burning of the holes - the sanding - the firing of the outside to decorate - I loved all of it! Thanks again for your patience, expertise, and fun-loving spirit.”
- Kelly

“Simply put, your class was AWESOME!”
- Javier

“Well, it has been two weeks since my drum-making experience with you in your studio. The elk skin has cured beautifully and looks and sounds amazing. It has quickly become one of my prized possessions! I wanted to drop you a note letting you know how much I appreciate the experience, knowledge, and time you shared with me. I really learned a lot and had a great afternoon! I am definitely looking forward to booking future projects with you - possibly a big drum next time.”
- Neil Smith, Satisfied Drum Maker
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Native American-style Drum Making

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This class will provide each participant with a chance to create an authentic, Native American-style ceremonial drum. The sound that resonates from these instruments is absolutely wonderful, while the method of tying we use will keep your drum tight for years to come. I first learned to make this style of drum nearly 20 years ago from Jim Hickey, a master drum maker from the Pacific Northwest Coast. Jim learned to make this style from the ‘First Nations’ people of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

Class Details:
This class will last from four to six hours, and will include making, decorating, and learning to play the drum. Programs can been held at retreats, homes, churches, summer camps, galleries, and even public parks. The cost of the workshop may vary, dependant upon the number of participants, travel time, and the current market price of the materials. Group discounts are available, upon request. Best for adults and youth age 12 and up.

Individual drum making classes and drum playing lessons are also available, upon request.

To arrange a drum making class or to schedule a private drum making and/or drum playing lesson please Contact Hawk.

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QUOTES FROM DRUM MAKERS

“We really enjoyed the drum making with you. My drum sounds so great!”
- Debi

“Your encouragement and faith in our abilities will last a lifetime. Our drums are perfect.”
- Henry

“I haven’t quit talking about my drum making experience. I am quite proud of how it looks... thanks for your part in my music adventure.”
- Judith
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Udu Drum & Story Gourd Classes

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Hawk has been sharing his joy of crafting and creating with gourds for nearly two decades. This hands-on class will provide each individual with a chance to create either a Gourd Udu Drum or a Story Gourd. Gourds have long played an important role in the lives of people and many stories from Africa, Asia, and South America refer to them. The original first container, gourds are most likely the ancient ancestor of baskets and pottery. Bird houses, bird feeders, bowls, containers, canteens, dippers, musical instruments, and much more can be created using this hardy fruit.

Gourd Udu Drums:
Udus are side-hole pot drums. Many are made entirely of clay, while the Udu Drums made in this class will be created using bottle-neck gourds. Bottle-neck gourd udu drums are narrow necked, vase-like vessels, with a circular hole in the side in addition to an opening at the top. The basic playing technique incorporates drumming on the side hole while selectively opening and closing the top hole with the other hand. Gourd drums can be decorated similar to the Story Gourds (see below).

According to master UDU DRUM maker, Frank Giorgini, “the origins of this instrument can be traced to central and southern Nigeria. It is the invention of some ancient village potter who struck a hole in the side of a traditional clay water vessel (or possibly a bottle neck gourd) and discovered the resonating sound that could be produced. The word Udu means both pottery and peace in the Ibo language of Nigeria. Some believe the deep haunting sound particular to the drum is the “voice of the ancestors” when used in religious ceremonies.”

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Story Gourds:
Story gourds can be used as a container to hold small ‘storytelling memory’ items, which can then be used in playing storytelling games. We will etch and paint the outer surface of our gourds with symbolic pictures - each pictograph representing a particular memory or story in your repertoire. Using simple handmade tools, participants will have an opportunity to decorate their gourdgeous creations with stone pigments, relying upon ancient artistic techniques developed and refined by indigenous people all over the world. We will discuss the importance of symbolism throughout the workshop, as we work together to create our very own Story Gourd.

Class Details:
Using simple hand tools - saws, wood rasps, awls, and sandpaper - participants will clean off the outer surface of their gourd, open the gourd up and clean out the seeds from the inside, file and sand the openings, and decorate the outer surface of their gourds relying on several different techniques, including stone pigment paints, wood burning, and gluing leather and other found objects to the outside of their gourd drums or story gourds.

This class will last from 4 to 6 hours, and will include making, decorating, and learning to play the drums or storytelling games. Programs can been held at schools, homes, churches, summer camps, galleries, and even public parks. The cost of the workshop may vary, dependant upon the number of participants, travel time, and the current market price of the materials. Group discounts are available, upon request. Best for adults and youth age 10 and up. Individual gourd crafting classes and Udu drum playing lessons are also available, upon request.

Want more information about gourds? Download a free article by Steve Watts by CLICKING HERE.

QUOTES FROM UDU DRUM AND STORY GOURD CLASS PARTICIPANTS

“This workshop was so unique - different from any Retreat I have attended. We had such freedom to laugh, work, and share at the same time.”
- Sylvia

“I had such a WONDERFUL weekend. Thank you for leading one of the best workshops the North Carolina Storytelling Guild has ever had.”
- Terry

“I was impressed with Hawk’s leadership techniques and conviviality. He certainly set and maintained the tone for the weekend.”
- Bob

“Hawk was so personable as a leader - and his knowledge of storytelling and drumming has so many veins, spreading out in so many directions. I could see how much he was enjoying himself.”
- JoAnne
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