Published on July 23, 2012 by Amy
Hawk Littlejohn (June 12, 1941 – December 14, 2000) was perhaps the greatest contemporary Native American flute maker. At the time of his death, he was living in Old Fort, North Carolina, where he made his flutes and kept alive his native Cherokee traditions.
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His expertise in Native American medicine afforded him a position as adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s medical school, and as a cultural consultant for the Smithsonian Institution and the North Carolina Museum of History. He also wrote essays on Cherokee life, traditions, spirituality, and medicine in a column called “Good Medicine” for the Keetoowah Journal. An important aspect of Hawk’s spirituality was his commitment to environmentalism and the connectedness of all life. The flute was his connection with the past and the future, and he combined historical and modern methods in its making. Like many flute makers, Hawk often used dead wood or scrap wood, especially due to the quality of wood in the wild and of old growth wood used in the old buildings. He used a modern lathe to shape the flute, but burned the holes in the traditional fashion with heated steel rods. His flutes are played by flautists all over the world, and flute makers all over the world take inspiration from his craft.