The following is the list of workshops for the 2019 Native Rhythms Festival.
All of these workshops are free, except as noted where a nominal fee is charged to cover the cost of materials the attendee
will take away from the workshop. All of these workshops have limited enrollment (most limited by the space in the workshop
tent). Early (on-line) registration is strongly encouraged.
Workshop registration is now closed!
Use the form at the bottom of this page for advanced registration for
individual workshops. Seats in all workshops will be allocated on a first-come/first-serve basis, beginning with
advanced registration from this page. Any remaining seats (not allocated by advanced registration) will be available for
on-site registration on a first-come/first-serve basis at the workshop check-in tent. Once all available seats have been
allocated, a waiting list will be established for each workshop.
When registering, please limit your selections to 5 workshops
that you actually plan to attend. PLEASE do not register for
workshops that you "might" want to attend. It's not
fair to others if workshops reach their stated capacity only
because numerous people who aren't sure they will attend have
registered, and others who really want to attend are blocked
from registering. If you have more than 5 workshops that you
want to attend, list those additional workshops in the
"comments" field on the form and you will be placed on
the waiting list for them.
Upon receipt of the on-line registration form, our workshop registrar will send an e-mail to you to confirm your
registration or indicate your position on the waiting list. That confirmation message will come from the e-mail address
Nothing else will be accepted as confirmation of your registration. The automated response that is
generated when your form is transmitted to us does not constitute confirmation of your registration. You may wish
to print out your confirmation e-mail message from NRFconf@gmail.com
when it arrives, and bring it with you to the festival.
In the past, some of our flute enthusiasts have registered for all workshops, including those they did not actually plan
to attend. This prevented people wanting to attend those workshops from registering. We ask all to please be respectful of
others. Do not sign up for workshops that you don't definitely plan to attend.
On-line advanced registration will open when the workshop
schedule is published and closes at the end of the day on Monday, November
4, 2019. A workshop
check-in tent will be set at the entrance to the large workshop tent. On-site check-in for those who pre-register on-line is required, with
empty seats filled at the check-in tent on a first-come/first-serve basis. A waiting list will be maintained when the workshop
capacity is reached.
All advanced (pre-registered here) registrants must check-in at the workshop check-in tent upon arrival at the festival
on the day of their workshops to confirm their presence and their plan to participate in the workshops for which they have registered. Seats not confirmed
in this manner will be reopened and made available to those on the waiting list.
Although most of the workshops are designated as "space available" and likely will be able to accommodate all who
wish to participate, we request that those who wish to participate in them submit an advanced registration form below
so that we will have an idea of the number of people to expect and can plan accordingly.
A separate vendor-style booth will be set up
near the main workshop tent for on-going
instruction in the basics of playing the Native American Style
Flute. Skilled players, including volunteers from the Indian
River Flute Circle, will rotate in leading this workshop.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own flute, although
loaner (PVC) flutes will be available for those who do not yet
own one. Instruction will include hand placement in properly
holding the flute and covering the playing holes, mouth
placement and basic breathing techniques, playing the basic
scale, and other basic playing techniques. Instruction
techniques will vary by instructor.
Appliqué Beading Leader:Joyce Bugaiski Fee: $7.00 for provided supplies Scheduled time: Friday,
2:30-4:30pm. Program Length: 2 hours Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds Class Size: 20
Learn how to use two needle technique to create beautiful appliquéd beadwork.
This workshop is a two hour class. Everything you will need to create and hopefully complete a two
inch beaded medallion using the two needle appliqué technique will be available in complete kits
already assembled with everything you will need.
Each kit will be a minimal cost of $7.00 to cover the cost of included materials/supplies.
IF YOU BRING ALL OF YOUR OWN SUPPLIES, THERE IS NO COST TO THIS WORKSHOP.
Each kit will contain your chosen design on stabilizer, a buckskin backing, needles, thread and beads.
You will have a choice of the following designs:
A Wolf Paw print
A Bear Paw print
A Navajo Sun Face
Each kit will contain enough bead colors to complete each medallion design. The two paw print design
kits will have an assortment of two colors for you to choose from, black and a background color.
THIS CLASS SIZE WILL BE LIMITED TO 20 STUDENTS.
QUIET WATCHERS WILL BE ALLOWED BUT MAY NOT HAVE ROOM FOR SEATING.
YOU ARE WELCOME
TO STAND AND WATCH AND QUIETLY SLIP OUT WHEN YOU CHOOSE.
"I love sharing my art and mostly 'self-taught' skills with
anyone who wishes to learn. I find great joy in seeing the excitement of someone who
has just learned how to do something new that I have taught
them. It fills my heart and spirit with great satisfaction of knowing traditional
skills and crafting will continue on for generations.
In my adult life I have overcome many obstacles to reach my goals
in learning and sharing."
Joyce's art has been published many times, including 6 editions
of the Cherokee Heritage Calendar, and has illustrated 2
children's books. She has also won over 100 awards for her art,
including several at previous Native Rhythms Festival
competitions. Joyce currently serves Native Rhythms as the
competition coordinator and regularly leads workshops teaching
crafts such as various styles of beading, dream catcher making,
Weaving Leader:Joyce Bugaiski Fee: $5.00 for provided supplies Scheduled time: Saturday,
2:30-4:30pm. Program Length: 2 hours Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds Class Size: 20
KUMIHIMO WEAVING ~ Learn Kumihimo weaving and let’s make a bracelet.
Kumihimo is a Japanese form of braid-making. Cords and ribbons are made by interlacing
strands. Kumi himo is Japanese for "gathered threads".
In this two hour workshop we will learn how to Kumihimo weave and do our very best to complete
a Kumihimo weave bracelet that you can wear right away.
A minimal cost of $5.00 to cover the cost of supplies that you get to take home with you after the
class. Supplies will include a Kimihimo foam Disk, bracelet clasp and weaving cord.
I will also have some beads on hand if anyone would like to try and incorporate beads into their
At the bottom I have a link for a simple Kumihimo demo if you wish to familiarize yourself with this
weaving before the class. If you already know how and you still wish to take the class just to have
fun, you are more than welcome to do so………. And you could help others.
If you bring all of your own supplies, the class is FREE.
Class size will be a maximum of 20 students.
Quiet watchers will be allowed but may not have seating room.
Pine Needle Basketry Leader: Carol
Crofts & Rhonda Hasner Fee: $25-$30
for supplies, depending on selection of center piece. Scheduled time: On-going all weekend. Program Length: N/A Location: Pine
Needle Baskets booth Class Size: N/A
Teaching the basic coiling method of basketry that pioneers and Native
Americans used to make baskets for cooking and carrying supplies.
Carol & Rhonda will provide supplies to make a small 3-4 inch
Rhonda's baskets took 2nd
place in the 2018 Native Rhythms Festival artists' competition.
Participants will leave this workshop with a greater understanding of what wisdom is and how connection is vital to oneself and
their greater environment.
Walking With Wisdom-A Path To Understanding…is a workshop/seminar based on the book written by Will Davis, by the same
title. The workshop/Seminar will be an abbreviated version of the offered full day workshop/seminar. During the several hours
of this seminar presented at the Candlewood Suites as part of the Native Rhythms Festival, the participant will engage in defining
what ‘wisdom’ means for them and sharing some accolades of how it has worked in their lives. The participant will be guided through
several meditations including a short walking meditation. The idea of connection and being connected will be part of the presentation.
Will, has a Facebook
page also by the same name.
Copies of the book, “Walking With Wisdom-A Path To Understanding” will be available for purchase.
Will Davis is an experienced workshop/seminar provider for over 25 years. He has provided professional training for
areas such as mental health, HIV/AIDS awareness, Human Resources, Stress Management, Communication Skills, Cultural Awareness, and
Spirituality. He has presented all over the country including, Florida, Arizona, Oklahoma, Washington, DC, and Oregon.
QIGONG for Breath and Energy Leader: Pam Dickey Fee: Free Scheduled time: Friday,
10:00-11:00am. Program Length: 1 hour Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds Class Size: Space available
Qigong is a mind-body-spirit practice that improves one's mental and physical health by
integrating posture, movement, breathing technique, self-massage, sound, and focused
intent. In this class we will focus on opening up the lung meridians and opening up the
energy flow for flute and drum playing. This class can be done in sitting for those who are
unable to tolerate standing.
Title:Sound Engineering Techniques (with Audacity) Leader:John Ellis,
performing & recording as Johnny Kee Fee: Optional
Your Home Recording Studio book available for purchase Scheduled time: Sunday,
10:00am-12:00noon. Program Length: 2 hours Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds Class Size: Space available
Musicians in general, and flute players in
particular, often want to record their music. We do this for a
variety of reasons, ranging from having something to evaluate your
own playing to producing something that can be shared with friends,
or even sold commercially. It wasn't that long ago that personally
recorded performances were limited in both sophistication and
quality. Doing anything more than just capturing a live performance
on a cassette recorder required expensive equipment and significant
technical skills. That has all changed with the advent of relatively
powerful personal computers and inexpensive, good quality audio
One key element of a modern home recording studio is the
software that runs on that personal computer, the centerpiece of which is the
Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software. While professional studios tend to use DAW
software costing many hundreds to thousands of dollars, there are low cost, and
even free, DAW packages that allow a home recording studio to be set up with a
cost within the reach of almost everyone. One such free DAW program is call
Audacity, put out by SourceForge, an "open source" software sharing
organization where programmers pool their talents in creating high quality
programs for free public distribution and use.
This workshop picks up where last year's workshop stopped.
(The presenter's Your Home Recording Studio book covering last year's workshop material
will be available for purchase.) This year will cover specific DAW
operations used in processing and mixing recorded tracks, including:
Individual Track Processing
- Initial "pre-processing"
(noise reduction and normalization of raw audio
- Comping (merging segments from multiple tracks to a composite
- Pitch correction (using a pitch correction program called
Mixing Multiple Tracks
- Making an instrument sound fuller with multiple tracks of it
- 3 techniques to balance track volumes
- Placing the track in 3-D space (left/right, front/back)
- Effects: Reverb, Delay, and Echo
- EQ (frequency equalization)
- Limiters and Compressors
Because much material will be covered in the two hours
allocated for this workshop, the presentation will be fast paced. To allow
attendees to pay attention to the presentation and not get distracted by taking
notes, copies of the PowerPoint slides will be available at no charge following
the festival for attendees requesting them. This book that covers the materials
from last year's workshop will be available at the workshop or at the Turtle
Mound Flutes booth.
John Ellis has been playing and singing traditional
European/American folk music for over 50 years. Appearing under the
stage name Johnny Kee, he added the Native American Flute to his
multi-instrument repertoire over ten years ago, and from that came his
interest in playing the flute in his folk music performances (including
old hymns, spirituals, and gospel songs) . Although he has purchased
some commercial software packages, he has predominantly used Audacity
for all his recording. His CD "Echoes From The
Trail", released in October, 2018, used Audacity exclusively for effects and mixing, and
includes multiple tracks of flutes (solo and duet), guitars, banjo,
autoharp, drums, rattles, and harmonious vocals. Graduates of previous
offerings of the basic workshop have said that they have used
the lessons from the workshop and book to undertake their own
recordings. Some of those recordings will be available at this year's
Title:Reading Nakai Tablature Leader:Jamie Empert (2018 NRF Paula Ellis Memorial Flute Players'
Competition winner) Fee: Free Scheduled time: Saturday,
10:00-11:00am. Program Length: 1 hour
Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds Class Size: Space available
Have you ever wanted to play written music on your Native American Flute
but don’t know how to begin? Or have you ever wanted to write any of your own songs into sheet music
form without drawing flute pictorials with finger hole representations? Learning to read Nakai Tablature
may open some musical adventures for you that you didn’t expect. In this workshop, you will gain an
understanding of how Nakai Tablature works so that you can begin to play written music. If you have no
experience reading music on a staff in western style notation, don’t worry. We’ll go over the basics of
what all of these symbols and notes mean too. And since this can be a lot to learn in just a one
hour workshop, you’ll go home with some great resources that will help you to continue your learning and
practicing at home. Bring your flute (preferably an “A” flute, but not
necessary) so we can
all practice together.
On a personal note, I love playing my flute from the heart with no boundaries or structure; however, as a trained
musician, when I discovered Nakai Tablature and some of the beautiful written music that exists, it opened up a
whole new level of excitement in my playing. For example, I played some written Christmas duets with another flute
player and it allowed me to experience harmonies and the beauty of the flute in a different way. Also, for my upcoming
album, I have used Finale to write all of my music in Nakai Tablature. Since I am a visual learner, it tends to help
my brain organize my music when it is down on paper. As a result,I have become an advocate of learning the tablature
for those who are interested.
Program Length: 45 minutes Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds Class Size: 30
A guided meditation with drumming and flute to help participants connect with your ancestors. The goal being to
express appreciation and ask for guidance.
Granger is an award-winning recording artist, composer, flute instructor
and performing artist. He is classically trained in percussion, voice,
and performance. A former instructor with the Yamaha School of Music, as
well as teaching private students in guitar, percussion, voice, and
flute, he now conducts workshops around the country on flute and Hang
playing. The majority of Granger's private students are now taught via
Skype with students all around the world. He has performed and shared
the stage with R. Carlos Nakai, Michael Graham Allen, Peter Phippen,
Skip Healy, Scott August among many other top recording artists. His
workshops are extremely popular and he has facilitated flute playing
workshops at INAFA, Zion Canyon, Native Rhythms, Oklahoma Flute fest,
and Handpangea, to name a few. (www.randygranger.net)
Title: Handmade Flute Making Demonstration Leader:Hawk Henries Fee: Free Scheduled time: On-going all weekend. Program Length: N/A Location: Hawk's booth. Class Size: N/A
Hawk will share how he builds flutes out of a solid piece of wood using only hand tools and fire.
Join us for a unique opportunity to meet Nipmuc flute maker and musician, Hawk Henries. Hawk has been
creating futes using only hand tools and fire for 30 years! Are you curious about how they are made?
Hawk will offer a demonstration of the process, technique, and tools used. You're even welcome to try
your hand at various steps!
Title:30 Years of Experience with Hawk Henries Leader:Hawk Henries Fee: Free Scheduled time: Saturday,
11:00am-12:00noon. Program Length: 1 hour. Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds Class Size: Space available
This is an informal workshop allowing participants to ask questions and explore a variety of
different topics from details about how to build a handmade flute, flute playing techniques,
breath techniques, presentation and storytelling tips to Native culture and more. He will share
some of his stories, thoughts, and life lessons that have come from his relationship with the
flute. He will also have a variety of other flutes on hand to explore and discuss. When Hawk first
began making flutes 30 years ago, there were only a handful of flute makers. This, along with his
Native heritage, gives Hawk a unique perspective about the flute and Life in general.
Over time, I've developed a deep sense of relationship with, and responsibility to, the flute and
its power to remind us of our Sacredness and our interconnection with everything in Creation. I
love to use music to try to inspire understanding and awareness. I think of instruments as
important tools that can open doors, they do work. They voice certain tones, and combinations of
tones, that create vibrations that affect us physically. They create a space of openness or, at
least, a willingness to be in that moment.
When the flute is created or when I work with the flute, it’s my intention to try to articulate these
ideas. To use the flute is my way of remembering our place as a part of everything else in nature
and honoring our common source of Life, while celebrating our individual and cultural
differences. To me, the greatest gift of the flute is its power as a tool for prayer and the healing
that comes from remembering. ~ Hawk
Becoming More Emotive with Your Native
American Flute Playing
Leader:Jonny Lipford Fee: Free Scheduled time:
Friday, 11:00am-12:00noon. Program Length: 1 hour Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds Class Size: Space available
Have you ever listened to a song and immediately reacted in chill bumps or tears? Or how about when you hear a song
that commonly moves you, but this time it didn’t? Why is that?
Emoting or Emotional Connection
Deciding “what” to play is an important factor in music, of course; but an even larger component to that is “how”
you play it! Let’s work together and unravel ways that you can be more emotive in your flute playing to connect
to the listener–whether you’re just playing from the heart, or you’ve rehearsed a song a hundred times.
Bring any Native American-style flute with you. Key does not matter, but please make sure that it is well tuned.
There will be a short segment towards the end of the workshop for a brief Q&A. If your concern is more in-depth,
consider booking a private, in-person, lesson with me while at Native Rhythms Festival! Email: email@example.com
Title:The Things I Never Knew, I Never Knew Leader:Jonny Lipford Fee: Free Scheduled time:
Saturday, 12:30-1:30pm. Program Length: 1 hour Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds Class Size:Space available
Instead of focusing on the “what not to do” with your flute, we are going to explore some odd, unusual and
different sounds that you can make with your Native American flute to add new interest to your flute playing!
Please come with an open and curious mind as we explore these cool sound effects and extracurricular ideas!
Bring any Native American-style flute with you. Key does not matter.
There will be a short segment towards the end of the workshop for a brief Q&A. If your concern is more in-depth,
consider booking a private, in-person, lesson with me while at Native Rhythms Festival!
Rhythmic Connection: Drumming and Fluting Together Leader:Painted Raven (Annette Abbondanza and Holly Harris) Fee: Free Scheduled time:
Sunday, 3:00-4:30pm. Program Length:1 1/2 hours Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds Class Size: Space available
Enjoy getting back to basics with Painted Raven (the Native American
Flute and World Music duo of Annette Abbondanza and Holly Harris)
through experiencing the rhythmic connection between drums and
We will begin by connecting with each other and the
rhythm by learning basic cooperative drumming skills. We will then
learn and practice rhythmic flute techniques. This will be followed
by each individual having an opportunity to play flute along with the
group providing supportive drumming.
encouraged to bring along their own flutes and/or hand drums (djembes
preferred). The class is tailored towards beginners, but anyone of any ability
Sunday, 12:30-2:00pm. Program Length: 1.5
Location:Workshop tent, main festival grounds
Class Size: Space available
An historical presentation of the role that the Navajo Code Talkers played in
World War II through the display of artifacts and a slide show presentation.
While the allies were able to break the most secure codes of the Axis powers,
The code talkers "code" was never broken.
U.S. Marine Commanders initially opposed the idea of using the Native
American language again in the war (they had been used in WW I), but later agreed to a test mockup trial
run for secret battle intel to be sent via NCT vs the more common
cryptography. A group of (30) Navajos were initially recruited and after a sucessful test, more
were authorized. After testing, 29 remained, which now are commonly referred to
as the First 29.
The code was created. During the first two days during the Battle of Iwo Jima, 800 message
were sent, and all were flawlessly received. Where the cryptography machines
sometimes took 25-30 minutes or longer to decipher its message, the NCT
accomplished this within minutes. A total of 400 NCT were used during WWII and
less than 11 survive today.
In search of a way to help honor first responders
and military personnel, the Founder-CEO of
Families of the Shield, John A. Pasko, a (Ret.) Police Officer, located
one of the few remaining United States Marine WWII Navajo Code Talkers
(NCT), from Keyenta, Arizona. Pfc. Samuel Tom Holiday and members of
family agreed to come to Florida to participate in the show and was
also honored by U.S. Congressman Bill Posey. Holiday received a Special
Certificate of Congressional Recognition for his contributions to our
country during WWII.
As time went on, both
families became friends and John was invited out to Window Rock, Arizona,
to attend as a guest of the Holiday family, to the National Code
Talkers Day; August 14th by Helena Begaii, (Samuels daughter). Helena
introduced John to the Navajo Nations President Russell Begaye and VP
Jonathan Nez and many other high ranking dignitaries.
Title: Intro to Rim-Style Flutes
Kokopelli Girl Phipps
Fee: Free Scheduled time: Friday,
12:30-1:30pm Program Length: 1 hour Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds Class Size: 20
This workshop will include a brief history of flutes, group
instruction of rim techniques, and small-group/one=on-one
instruction of techniques to help participants develop skills.
Please bring a flute with you if you have one. I
will have a few available for loan.
9:00-10:00am Program Length: 1 hour Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds Class Size: Space available
Learn how to create mood and emotion in your music by applying flute
techniques. This workshop is intended for amateur flute players that
are ready to take the next step. BYOF (Bring Your Own
Title: The Native American Flute in a World of Electronics
Leader: Tom Ransom (Our audio/video
guru in the workshop tent.)
Program Length: 1
Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds
Class Size: Space available
A few years ago Radio Shack ran an ad campaign that said, come in to our
store and our staff will De-Mystify Electronics. That is what Tom aims to
do in this workshop! He will demonstrate and talk about microphones,
wires, amps, effects processors, Speakers, recorders, loopers, sound
effects, Midi instruments, and any other piece of electronics that can be
associated with the Native American Flute. Bring your questions and join
Tom for an hour of Electronic enlightenment.
Tom is the audio/video guru who
spends most of festival weekend in the workshop tent
providing audio and video (typically an on-screen
slideshow) support for our presenters. During the rest
of the year he travels around central Florida to
several flute circles enhancing participants
experience with audio effects. Tom also provides audio
for smaller concert events. His expertise will
make this workshop very informative, especially for
those just getting interested in performing and
recording their flute playing.
Title: Stepping Back in Time Leader:Dock Silverhawk Fee: Free Scheduled time:
1:30-2:30pm. Program Length: 1 hour Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds Class Size: Space available
Dock will be displaying and playing several very old Native American
flutes that have been gifted to him from a private Native American
collector. He will also be telling the stories behind them.
Accelerate your flute playing by taking private
lessons from one of several of our headlining recording artists.
One-on-one or as a couple, take advantage of the opportunity to
get personal guidance in a private lesson.
The following performers have agreed to offer
private, personal instruction for a fee. Contact the individual
artist to make arrangements for your personal lesson. These
artists will be available throughout the weekend at the festival
site, or contact them by e-mail to make arrangements prior to
Fill out and submit the below form to register for individual workshops. If you are registering for a limited seating
workshop, you will be notified as to whether you have a confirmed seat in that workshop or have been placed on the waiting
list. Please submit a separate form for each person registering.
Phone (cell preferred):
Select up to 5 workshops you actually plan to attend.
List those you would like to be placed on the "stand-by" list for in the comments section.