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The Center consists of a living history Cherokee village, a museum, and small township of historical buildings. Dedicated to the perservation of Cherokee culture and history, it is one of the most widely visited Native American sites in Oklahoma.

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Saturday, February 19, 2005

February Flute Circle Report

Osiyo,

This month we were honored to have Kiowa Elder
“Smoky” attend our flute circle to smoke and bless the
youth’s involved in the Tsalagi Native Flute Youth
Ensemble, the members of our Tahlequah Native American
Flute Circle, and the Cherokee Heritage Center with
the assistance of Lee and Julie Harris. We would like
to extend a special “wado” to Smoky for honoring us
with his knowledge, blissing, and presence.

Many of the youth’s involved in the Tsalagi Flute
Youth Ensemble regularly perform in the Tahlequah
Native American Flute Circle. We are always excited
to see what these individuals will come up with and
share with the group. This month Cheyanne Olson
performed an honoring song for Smoky. Amber Harris
also performed her song “Sunrise” to honor the sun
rising over the new day. Rebecca Batchelor and Catlin
Coney performed new songs that they have been working
on for the past few weeks.

Our presenter this month was local flute
maker Sonny Arm in Trout. Sonny brought along several
of his beautiful flutes to demonstrate for us. Some
of the woods range from various maples to aromatic
cedar. His presentation on his flute making methods
and his knowledge of the Native American Flute was
exciting to hear and enjoyable to watch. Thank you
Sonny for a great presentation!

As we went around the group our members got to
share with us their beautiful songs and interests in
the Native American Flute. We got to hear from our
friends from Tulsa, thank you for coming!

Director of the Cherokee Heritage Center Richard
Fields, and Curator Mickel Yantz, were there to help
with the smoking ceremony. As always we appreciate
the Cherokee Heritage Center for letting us utilize
their facilities.

The night was wrapped up with a short closing
song. Please bear with us as we continue to work out
the format for these flute circles. We are learning
as we go and are planning to add more features to the
circle during the year. If you have an idea for a
flute circle agenda or discussion please call or email
us so we make sure to give you all the time you need.
We appreciate any ideas or comments you have for or
about our group. One idea we are continuing is our
opening and closing song. To end where we began,
completing the circle.

Remember the next Flute Circle will be March 18th. See you there!

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