Tommy Wildcat, Cherokee National Treasure

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown October 7th, 2014 Last Updated on: October 7th, 2014

A friend of mine shared a lovely video over the weekend. The video was from the Tulsa State Fair in Oklahoma and featured Tommy Wildcat playing “Amazing Grace” on the flute.

In case you're not familiar, Tommy Wildcat is a Cherokee cultural promoter, flutist, historical storyteller, lecturer, and traditionalist. In 2013 the Cherokee Nation honored him, by naming him a “National Treasure” for his flute music & flute making (river cane flutes). The title National Treasure is awarded to those Cherokee Nation Citizens who have dedicated their lives to, and have made significant contributions to Cherokee history and culture.

KTUL-TV did a wonderful interview with Tommy after he was named National Treasure. Watch as he makes a flute out of river cane.

You can follow Tommy Wildcat's Facebook page for more wonderful flute music!

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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