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Muscogee Nation flute maker one of few to carry on tradition

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Nelson Harjo is one of the last traditional flute-makers of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma.

Harjo, 50, started carving flutes in 1995. It took him five years to perfect his skills and since then he's made more than 5,000 instruments.

Harjo uses bamboo to make his flutes. He recently gave one to his 10-year-old grandson.

"If this tradition survives, I think he'll be the one to carry it on," Harjo told The Tulsa World.

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Creek Nation member among just 3 who can still make tribe's authentic flute (The Tulsa World 3/19)


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