Here's a wonderful story about the power of the Native American Flute and how it brings people together:



Meet Kaytlynn, a six-year old little girl who had the experience of a lifetime.  Kaytlynn lives in Kirkland , Washington , the same City in which Mary Youngblood grew up.  Mary arrived in Kirkland on Thursday, January 15, 2009 , for her brief Homecoming Tour, and was immediately escorted to the Assembly at the A. G. Bell Elementary School., the same elementary school she attended as a child. Kaytlynn saw Mary perform at the Assembly and, after coming home, adamantly told her mother that she "had to go to the Multi-Cultural evening to see the female Native American Flute Player, Mary Youngblood."  Kaytlynn's mother was ill, so her stepfather took her back to school that evening.  Mary and Kaytlynn had not yet met personally.


On Saturday, January 17th, Mary and her Cellist, Michael Kott, of Santa Fe , NM , drove by her old home of more than 40 years ago in Kirkland to take a photo.  As Mary took the photo from the window of the car, a woman came to the window.  Mary reassured her that she just wanted to take a photo of her old home, and they would then be on their way.  The woman asked her, "Are you the Flute player?"  Astonished, Mary said, "Yes, I’m Mary Youngblood."  She knew that they had never met.  The woman said, "My daughter really loves your music and wants to talk to you." Kaytlynn came running out the door and told Mary how much she loved her music and that she was learning Amazing Grace on the piano.  It turned out that Kaytlynn had the same room in the house that Mary had when she was a child, and Kaytlynn had begun picking out tunes on the piano at the age of 4, the same age that Mary had begun playing the piano.  Recognizing that their daughter was very interested in music, Kaytlynn's parents had provided piano lessons for her.  Kaytlynn and her family have Native blood, and Kaytlynn's mother told Mary that Kaytlynn had had a rough time, after losing her Grandmother, her Father, and her baby sister over the previous summer.


Kaytlynn’s story touched Mary’s heart, and she could relate to Kaytlynn’s pain.  Later, Mary went back to her hotel and called her own mother for the address of their old home in order to try to get in touch with Kaytlynn and her Mother.  Not being able to find their telephone number in the phone book, Mary stopped off at the house on her way to KPC and personally invited Kaytlynn and her mother to that evening’s performance at the Kirkland Performance Center .  As her mother was ill, and they were unsure if they could come, Kaytlynn gave Mary this note:



Kaytlynn and her mother were able to make it to the performance, and Mary played "Amazing Grace" and dedicated it to her. Mary was also able to take Kaytlynn backstage and show her what a working musician’s life was like.  Mary told Kaytlynn:  "If you continue playing music, it will heal your heart, soul, and spirit."  Mary also told Kaytlynn, "Someday, I’ll be attending one of your concerts."  Mary gave Kaytlynn her card and e-mail, and told her that she would like to stay in touch and follow her career.


Please share this story with your friends, families, and Flute Circles.  We will keep you updated on what's happening with Kaytlynn.


Mary Youngblood with Michael Kott, Cellist
Eric Tingstad & Friends
with Guest Appearances by Gary Stroutsos
and Stephanie Baldridge
Kirkland Performance Center
Kirkland, WA
Saturday, January 17, 2009
In the Green Room


Mary Youngblood, with Cellist Michael Kott


Mary Youngblood, Eric Tingstad & Michael Kott 



Mary Youngblood, Eric Tingstad & His Ensemble


Gary Stroutsos Mary Youngblood, Michael Kott
& Stephanie Baldridge
Tingstad & Rumbel Eric Tingstad & Partial Ensemble

Nancy Rumbel


Meet & Greet




Cascadia Flute Circle Shell Rattle-Making Workshop
and Flute Circle
Sunday, February 15, 2009


Flute Circle

Cascadia Flute Circle Meeting at Steven's House
April 19, 2009
Portland, OR 




Cascadia Flute Circle "We Won!" Celebratory Flute Circle
May 17, 2009
at Greenhaven, Hillsboro, OR


Vance gives a talk about the Anasazi Flute
Vance Conducts!

Waking-Spirits Flutes, by Vance Pennington
Fundraiser for Chemeketa First Nations Club
June 9, 2009
Salem, OR

Geri LittleJohn Concert
WUMC & Native American Fellowship
Portland, OR
Friday, June 26, 2009


Cascadia Flute Circle Beading Workshop with Marby Pennington
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Portland, OR

Cascadia Flute Circle at Steven's House
Sunday, July 12th, 2009, Portland, OR
with Special Guest and CFC Member, John Sarantos


Darlene Foster (Warm Springs) &
Cascadia Flute Circle Member Linda Meanus (Wy-am, "LaMoosh")
Stewards of the Land
Two Tribal Elders discuss How to Save our Earth Using Native Ways
Thursday, August 6, 2009
 Bonnie Kahn's Wild West Gallery
Portland, OR



John Sarantos
with Guests, Sky Parish and Stephanie Baldridge
The Great Hall Restaurant
Saturday, October 17, 2009 Portland, OR


Some members of the
Chemeketa First Nations Club
Salem, OR

Gary Stroutsos Concert
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Old Liberty Theater
Ridgefield, WA


Native American Arts Festival
featuring Robert Mirabal
November 20-22, 2009
Chinook Winds Casino Resort
Lincoln City, OR

Photos courtesy of Barbara Ann Kerian

Cascadia Flute Circle Meeting at Shelley's House
Sunday, November 22, 20009
Portland, OR


Mary Youngblood Concert
Red Earth Descendants
with guest appearance by Stephanie Baldridge
Friday, November 20, 2009
Unitarian Center
Ashland, OR


In the "Green Room"


Making Rain
Taught to Mary by Percussionist Jim Brock
(for a YouTube Video of "People Making Rain," please see the References
page at www.cascadiaflutecircle.org)

Workshop with Mary Youngblood
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Unitarian Center
Ashland, OR

Mary Plays the Ocarina
on her I-Phone!


Cascadia Flute Circle Yule Party at Shad & Kim's House
White Elephant Gift Exchange!
December 13, 2009
Portland, OR


Roger Makes Fry Bread




Eirwen Plays the Udu!

NARA New Year's Eve Sobriety Powwow 2009


CFC Member Linda Meanus
(La-Moosh, Wy-Am)

Ian Mannheim

CFC Member
Katherine Quartz



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