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Arts Center HHI

Native American Flute Making

Session 1:  Tuesday, February 21, 2017
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Tuition:   $40
Instructor:  Hawk Hurst
Brief Description:  Under Hawk’s tutelage, the students will learn the cultural and historical background of the Native American flute. They will make a Native American style flute from river cane, mathematically calculating and mapping out the placement of the holes for their flute, burning the holes, and fashioning the rest of the instrument.
Age/Time:  9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Age/Time:  Ages 12-adult
Age/Time:  Bring a Lunch.
Full Description:  This traditional Native American-style flute, keyed in the pentatonic (5-note) scale, was commonly found among First Nations people throughout the southeastern United States. This type of end-blown flute is easy to learn to play and is quite similar to playing a Recorder.

During this workshop under Hawk’s tutelage, the students will learn the cultural and historical background of the Native American flute. They will make a Native American style flute from river cane, mathematically calculating and mapping out the placement of the holes for their flute, burning the holes, and fashioning the rest of the instrument. They will decorate the instrument to their own personal satisfaction using prescribed techniques known to have been used on flutes several hundred years ago. They will also learn a traditional song and to create music playing their flutes. During this residency Hawk will display his collection of primitive flutes, horns, and wind instruments collected from various cultures all over the world.

*(Participants should bring a lunch)

Instructor Bio:
The stories and music Hawk shares, bring the wonders and wisdom of ancient cultures to life. Many of his tales rely on musical instruments crafted by Hawk, himself. An eight time recording artist, and the author of two children’s books, Hawk has offered his educational programs for over two decades.

Hawk’s educational background includes a Masters of Science degree in Environmental Education from Lesley College and the Audubon Expedition Institute, as well as undergraduate degrees in Psychology and in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma. He has served as the past President of the South Carolina Storytelling Network and has been a featured teller at numerous festivals across the country and abroad.

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