Ambassadors from the Friendship Force club in North Carolina arrived on Thursday, April 5th and that evening, a welcome party was held at Unity Church with several members attending to meet the ambassadors. Florece Rowland is the Journey Coordinator for Oklahoma.
On Friday, April 6th, the group traveled to Bricktown in downtown Oklahoma City and enjoyed touring the Banjo Museum and the banjo music performed for them.
Florece asked Albert Gray Eagle to be there to play and demonstrate the flutes he makes. His Indian heritage is Cheyenne, Sioux and Pueblo.
Albert Gray Eagle is a U.S. Army Veteran and works with the Oklahoma Arts Council. He makes the flutes he uses from wood, clay, river cane, bird-wing bone using all traditional material and methods. He teaches the art of making flutes at arts camps, schools, veteran groups, etc. He also demonstrates and teaches how to play the flute.
The most wonderful part – he had a drawing and gave away several small flutes he had made.
Florece met Mr. Gray Eagle at the Red Earth Festival.