Federally Enrolled Tribal Member & Award Winner, Charles Littleleaf, in the Art of
Native American Flute Making, Flute Music Performer and Recording Artist,
and Speaker in Native Traditions and Spiritual Lore.
Nature. Music. Harmony.
Whether you are a beginner with a desire to learn how to play the Native American flute or a seasoned professional, we all share a common mission; to bring peaceand harmony to the world through music.
Award-winning Native American flute maker and recording artist, Charles Littleleaf, is an enrolled tribal member of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in the state of Oregon. Charles is also an Honorary Member of the Piikani Nation Blackfoot Band in Brocket, Alberta, Canada, and son of the late Chief Jack Littleleaf. Although his works of art are widely recognized for their visual beauty, it is Charles' flute making precision and musician quality tuning most noted around the world. Each instrument is handmade with love and care, never massed produced, and deliver the warmest sounding spirit in today's flute market.
Native American Flutes
In 1992, Charles received a flute from well-known Native American flutist, R. Carlos Nakai. Nakai's gift was intended to encourage Charles to learn the instrument. The following year, Nakai held one of the first Native American flute workshops at the Feathered Pipe Ranch in Helena, Montana and invited Charles to attend.
The Feather Pipe workshop lasted two weeks and it was here, amidst players much more technically versed in music, where Charles learned one of the best lessons regarding the traditional flute: that playing from the heart and spirit is where some of the most beautiful Native American flute music will come from.
In search of ways to further express his heart, Charles continued to play the flute without instruction. Through these instruments, he found an emotional way to release healing qualities that would not only benefit himself but, more importantly, benefit mankind and all living things. At the beginning of this musical journey, Charles played the flute at the home of his ancestors, primarily to family and friends. This is where the first samples of Charles' music developed.
"Can I learn to play the Native American flute?"
It has been several years now since Charles received his first flute. What began as a personal journey, has blossomed into a spiritual journey of a much greater scope. Today, in sharing his music and beautiful, musician quality Native American flutes with the world, this tribal artist shares the healing powers in what music can bring to the spirit. (more)