Published on February 26, 2013 by Casey
Charles Littleleaf, a Native American, born in Warm Springs, Oregon, is a Native American flutist and traditional flute maker. Littleleaf is a tribal member of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, Central Oregon. He is also an Honorary Member of the Piegan Blackfeet Band Reserve, Brocket, Alberta, Canada.
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Charles Littleleaf was instructed in the ways of playing the Native American flute by recording artist, R. Carlos Nakai. Where Nakai adds a layering of contemporary instrumentals behind his own playing, Littleleaf has grounded his flute playing within the essence of Mother Earth, and from memories of life growing up on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation of Oregon.
In 1997, Littleleaf’s first album (cassette) was released, titled Whispers of Earth Medicine. In 2002, his album Ancient Reflections was released on compact disc, which contains his renown rendition of Trail of Tears/Amazing Grace.