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Think the Native American Flute is Strictly a Man’s Instrument? Think Again

Need a laugh? Native American flutes have always been known primarily as “love flutes” or “courting flutes” and were generally played for no other reason than courting rituals by a young man serenading his intended bride, although some men played

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The Pretendian Phenomenon

Claiming Native American Ancestry “Brother’s got high cheekbones!” “Sister’s hair’s jet black and straight!” “Granddaddy looks like Geronimo!” I’ve heard it all my life—relatives claiming Native American ancestry. Officially, we’re white, “but we got Indian blood in us from way

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Old Man, Look at My Life*

Literary Themes Subconsciously Rooted in Childhood Insecurity and salvation. These two themes recur often, yet unplanned, in the fiction and poetry I write. They usually emerge from a character’s self-doubt, countered by an unrealistic belief that situations, no matter how

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