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2021 Workshop Program

The following is the list of workshops for the 2021 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 now open!


Workshop Registration

Use the instructions 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 stand-by section of your registration message and you will be placed on the waiting list for them.

Upon receipt of your registration request message, 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 NRFconf@gmail.com. Nothing else will be accepted as 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 Sunday, November 7, 2021. 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) 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 stand-by 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 request below so that we will have an idea of the number of people to expect and can plan accordingly. 

At this time, we do not know what state will exist at the time of the festival regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, and what precautions will be recommended. Attendance at some workshops may be limited to allow for appropriate distancing of participants.

INDEX OF 2021 WORKSHOPS

Basic Introduction to the Native American Style Flute  (Linda Resnikoff & Indian River & Riverwind Flute Circles)

Understanding Pow Wow Drumming  (Lowery Begay)

Making a Leather Pouch for Sacred Tobacco/Cedar/Sage  (Joyce Bugaiski)

Making a Talking Stick and its Importance   (Joyce Bugaiski)

Blessing and Responsibility - Honoring the Sacredness of Water  (Johnny Dame)

Walking With Wisdom - A Path to Understanding  (Will Davis)

Video Production  (Michael Desabrais)

QIGONG for Breath and Energy  (Pam Dickey)

Reading Nakai Tablature  (Jamie Empert)

The Story of Smudging  (Randy Granger)

Finding Your Flute Voice/Developing Your Own Style  (Gareth Laffely)

Rhythmic Connection: Drumming and Fluting Together  (Painted Raven)

World War II Navajo Code Talkers  (John Pasko)

Stepping Back in Time  (Dock Silverhawk)

DESCRIPTIONS OF 2021 WORKSHOPS


Title:
Basic Introduction to the Native American Style Flute

Leader: Linda Resnikoff supported by Indian River and Riverwind Flute Circles members
Fee: Free
Scheduled time: Anytime
Program Length: Variable
Location: Main festival grounds near the Workshop Tent
Class Size: No limit

 

Due to concerns over spreading the COVID-19 virus, we will not be able to provide loaner flutes at this tent this year. People wanting to learn about playing a flute will need to bring their personal flute for instruction on it. If you don't already have a flute, there are a dozen or so flute makers in our Vendor Village who would love to help you find the right flute for you.

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 and Riverwind Flute Circles, will rotate in leading this workshop. Participants must bring their own flute as we will not be able to provide loaner flutes this year as we have in the past. 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.


Title:
Understanding Pow Wow Drumming

Leader: Lowery Begay
Fee: Free
Scheduled time: Saturday, 11:00 - 12:00.
Program Length: 1 hour
Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds
Class Size: 25


If you've ever been to a Pow Wow, you hear the drummers playing and singing for the dancers. You also have heard drummers on our Native Rhythms stage during Ed WindDancer's cultural experiences. But have you ever wondered about the traditions of the Pow Wow drum? At this workshop, learn about the meaning of Pow Wow drumming and singing. 


Title:
Making a Leather Pouch for Sacred Tobacco/Cedar/Sage

Leader: Joyce Bugaiski
Fee: $5.00 for provided supplies
Scheduled time: Saturday, 2:00 - 4:00.
Program Length: 2 hours
Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds
Class Size: 25

The Four Sacred Medicines

Tobacco is the first plant that the Creator gave to First Nations Peoples. It is the main activator of all the plant spirits. Three other plants, sage, cedar and sweetgrass, follow tobacco, and together they are referred to as the Four Sacred Medicines. The Four Sacred Medicines are used in everyday life and in ceremonies. All of them can be used to smudge with, though sage, cedar and sweetgrass also have many other uses. It is said that tobacco sits in the eastern door, sweetgrass in the southern door, sage in the western door and cedar in the northern door. Elders say that the spirits like the aroma produced when we burn tobacco and the other sacred medicines. Traditional people say that tobacco is always first. It is used as an offering for everything and in every ceremony. “Always through tobacco”, as the saying goes.

Leather supplies and materials needed for assembling your pouches (kits
assembled by Joyce) will be available for each participant as well as educational
information for each of the Sacred Plants used in Prayer and cleansing negativity.

THIS CLASS SIZE WILL BE LIMITED TO 25 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, etc.


Title:
Making a Talking Stick and its Importance

Leader: Joyce Bugaiski
Fee: $5.00 for provided supplies
Scheduled time: Sunday, 1:30 - 3:30.
Program Length: 2 hours
Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds
Class Size: 25

Talking Sticks

Definition of Talking Sticks: Talking Sticks have been used for centuries by many Native American tribes as a means of an orderly, just and impartial hearing. Talking Sticks were most commonly used at major events such as tribal council meetings, Pow-Wow gatherings, & important ceremonies. But their use was also extended to storytelling circles & teaching children. Talking Sticks allow people to present and express their Sacred Point of View. 

Description of Talking Sticks
The people responsible for holding any type council meetings were required to make a Talking Stick specifically for the event. Talking Sticks were therefore made from carefully selected materials that had a special meaning and significance to the maker. The size of Talking Sticks was usually taken from the measurement between the elbow to the tips of the fingers. Talking Sticks were usually long, narrow, brightly colored and adorned with furs and/or feathers. 

Symbolism Associated with Talking Sticks
Talking Sticks are decorated with paint, carvings and occasionally wrapped in buckskin or other leather materials. The ornamentation, colors and painted decorations on talking sticks had special meanings, as did the wood they were made from and any fur or feathers that were used. The symbolism associated with the fur, skins, feathers or symbols of animals used in the decoration of talking sticks were also highly significant due to the belief that they brought the attributes, characteristics and medicine of the creatures to the event.

Sticks will be available to make your Talking Stick, or bring your own to make your Talking Stick more personal.

THIS CLASS SIZE WILL BE LIMITED TO 25 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.

Title: Blessing and Responsibility - Honoring the Sacredness of Water
Leader: Johnny Dame
Fee: Free
Scheduled time: Sunday, 10:30 - 11:30.
Program Length: 1 hour
Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds
Class Size: Space available

This workshop will honor the sacredness of Water with a Blessing that calls in the Spirit of the various watersheds of our state and includes any Waters brought to the workshop. The workshop will also include teaching about the Rights of Water and the Rights of Nature, and information about how people can participate in the FL5 campaign. George Tortorelli/Medicine Wind Music will provide musical accompaniment. Participants are encouraged to bring a small container of Water from their home watershed or local waterway. A handout will be provided for personal ceremony. All faith traditions are welcome.

This workshop is presented by Rights of Water, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the ethical, moral, and spiritual dimensions of Floridians’ relationship with Water.

George Tortorelli of Medicine Wind Music will provide musical accompaniment. 
We are delighted to have George as our guest flutist.

Johnny Dame is an Artist and Naturalist, Choctaw by heritage, who combines his fascination with nature with his talents and skills as a painter, muralist, leader, and presenter. He creates his Art with a desire to express his appreciation and devotion toward the Spirit that moves through the Universe affecting all things animate and inanimate, which is known to many different cultures. He believes that each and everyone of us can contribute to healing the Planet and providing for sustainability and survival, and that each of us has a responsibility to share our particular Gift and Talent. 

Johnny Dame is available for Commissioned Paintings and Drawings, Murals, Speaking Engagements and Classroom Presentations. His website is http://johnnydame.com.



Title:
Walking With Wisdom - A Path to Understanding

Leader: Will Davis
Fee: Free
Scheduled time: Sunday, 11:30 - 1:30.
Program Length: 2 hours
Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds
Class Size: Space available


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. 

Title: Video Production
Leader: Michael Desabrais
Fee: Free
Scheduled time: Saturday, 12:00 - 2:00.
Program Length: 2 hours
Location: Workshop tent, main festival grounds
Class Size: Space available

Over the past year we have increased our use of video platforms such as YouTube and Facebook. This workshop will focus on skills and techniques you can use in creating your own videos for the NAF. Firstly we will focus on effective shooting techniques you can utilize with one of the most incredible cameras readily available…your smartphone! Secondly the workshop will introduce you to effective techniques you can use in editing your videos. We will explore software for both your phone and desktop. While Mike will demonstrate his favorite software, the techniques you will learn are applicable to almost any software.

Mike came to the NASF four years ago and is an active member of the Riverwind flute circle in Leesburg Florida. As a novice he was eager to learn so much through the workshops provided at Native Rhythms.

From the first time he touched a camera Mike had a lifelong curiosity about photography. Graduating from Rochester Institute Of Technology in 1977 with a degree in photography, Mike has worked for newspapers, magazines, and film production studios. A freelancer since 1987, Mike has helped major corporations and small businesses create videos for marketing, advertising and training purposes.

Mike recently has retired, and in combination with his passion for the NAF, has followed that quest by creating videos for the enjoyment of native flute players. Jonny Lipford used Mike’s skills in creating videos used in his YouTube channel, and in Jonny’s native flute academy. Last year Mike worked on the virtual production team that delivered the Native Rhythms Festival 2020 to thousands of Face Book and YouTube viewers.


Title: QIGONG for Breath and Energy
Leader: Pam Dickey
Fee: Free
Scheduled time: Saturday, 9:00 - 10:00.
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:
Reading Nakai Tablature

Leader: Jamie Empert  (2018 NRF Paula Ellis Memorial Flute Players' Competition winner)
Fee: Free
Scheduled time:
Friday, 9:30 - 10:30.
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. Initially, playing from the heart is the origin of all the music I have written. However, I also really enjoy playing some of the beautiful written music that is available to play. Reading the tablature opened up another dimension and excitement in playing for me. For example, I have played some beautiful written duets with other flute players, and it allowed me to experience harmonies and the beauty of the flute in a different way. As a result, I have become an advocate of learning the tablature for those who are interested.


Title:The Story of Smudging
Leader: 
Randy Granger
Fee: Free
Scheduled time: Sunday, 9:30 - 10:30.
Program Length: 1 hour
Location:
 Workshop tent, main festival grounds
Class Size:
 30

This workshop looks at the practice of Smudging or burning resins, leaves, wood, and using the smoke to purify or cleanse. Cultures worldwide have practiced Smudging for thousands of years. Learn the ways in which Native Americans have used Smudging for centuries and how to smudge yourself. 

Note: There will be smudging in the workshop.

Randy 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:
Finding Your Flute Voice / Developing Your Own Style

Leader: Gareth Laffely
Fee: 
Free
Scheduled time: Saturday, 10:00 - 11:00.
Program Length: 
1 hour
Location:
 Workshop tent, main festival grounds
Class Size: 
Space available


So you want to get the most out of your Native American style flute? The journey starts here.

In this workshop, Gareth Laffely (Native American style flute player/singer/songwriter/musician/recording artist/producer) will show you how you can get the most of your flute.

The workshop will include the following:

  1. Special effects in flute playing

  2. Finger exercises

  3. Different scales

  4. Ways to approach practicing

The world of the Native American style flute is an amazing place… let me be your guide!” 
- Gareth Laffely 


Title:
Rhythmic Connection: Drumming and Fluting Together
Leader:
Painted Raven (Annette Abbondanza and Holly Harris)
Fee: 
Free
Scheduled time:
Friday, 3:00 - 4:30.
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 flutes.

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.

Attendees are encouraged to bring along their own flutes and/or hand drums (djembes preferred). The class is tailored towards beginners, but anyone of any ability is welcome.

Title: World War II Navajo Code Talkers
Leader:
John Pasko
Fee: 
Free
Scheduled time:
Friday, 12:30 - 1:30.
Program Length: 
1 hour
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 his 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: Stepping Back in Time
Leader: Dock Silverhawk
Fee: 
Free
Scheduled time: 
Friday, 2:00 - 3:00.
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.

Personal Professional Instruction

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 festival weekend.

Randy Granger: hangguy@gmail.com

2021 On-Line Workshop Registration

To complete your on-line workshop registration, send an e-mail message to NRFconf@gmail.com. In that message, provide the following information. When your registration message is received, a confirmation message will be sent back to you. If you don't receive a confirmation within 48 hours, your message was most likely lost and not received. If this happens, please resubmit.

If multiple people are registering for the same workshops, you may put more than one name on the name line. If multiple people are registering for different workshops, please provide separate information for each person.

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