Geri LittleJohn has been making Native American style flutes for 24 years. And to her, even after all this time, each flute she makes is unique, a combination of woodworking and soulcraft. Transforming a piece of wood into an expressive instrument is an adventure, a joyous journey, an exploration in finding the perfect voice for that one flute.
After graduating from Duke, she began working with renowned flute maker Hawk LittleJohn in an informal apprenticeship as she tried to figure out what was next for her. That apprenticeship grew into Woodsong Flutes and marriage and a shared life or craft, land stewardship, ceremony, and community. After Hawk's death from cancer in 2000, Geri dedicated the next few years to raising their son born in 2001. When she came back to flute-making, she did it under a new name, Green Grass Flutes, to honor the process of grieving and renewal. About seven years ago, Geri began playing flutes publicly. With that shift in focus, from maker to player/maker came another name change. Wicozani Flutes.
She has been a featured performer at numerous Native American Flute festivals and opens and closes the Lake Eden Community Arts Festival in Black Mountain twice annually with flute song. She has played to greet the sun and to put the day to rest, at births, weddings and at death beds, for yoga workshops, weekend retreats, ecstatic dances, and in service to her Community. This makes her rather unique as a flute maker. In addition to being one of the few women crafting flutes, she is that rare combination of healing sound practitioner, performer and maker. Understanding the importance of the flute's voice in not only being pleasing to the ear but also effective on a more subtle level has translated into choosing to spend as much time giving a flute its voice as giving it its form. She speaks in person with every person interested in receiving one of her flutes to ensure that the instrument will just the right one.
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