A Note From R. Carlos Nakai
RNAFF is dedicated to the perpetuation of the indigenous North American and world flute centered
upon the significantly personal traditions in all manner of manufacture, conformation, arbitrary and
western European keyed pitch and scale relationships, within the purview and conscious regard for
the origins and traditions of the instrument by indigenous cultures; as well as the on-going and
continually evolving tribal life-ways in story, song, and ceremony of the indigenous North American
tribes and their varying political, social and philosophic practices that surrounds the inherent
variations and differences pertaining to the manufacture, applications, and individually significant
perspectives about the North American flute, its predecessors, and contemporary adherents.
RNAFF shall become actively engaged and supportive of scientific evaluations, researches, and documentation on all aspects and in all areas pertaining to the historical indigenous American and world flute cultures. Encourage documentation, research, and investigations relative to the extant mythology, oral traditions, conducive to a greater understanding of the technology of the flute in indigenous native traditions and its development into modern times that will broaden and encourage public interest in the music, life ways, and material culture of indigenous native peoples. Within present-day activities, to investigate and document the contemporary methodologies that contribute to and further a more complete and inclusive understanding of world flutes by crafts persons, ethnomusicologists, social scientists, and performing artists.
RNAFF shall protect the cultural and intellectual property rights of indigenous world cultures, whose music works shall not become infringed upon in any manner to diminish the expressed intents and purposes in many culturally specific venues and activities, while being ever mindful of the on-going and/or historical nature of those music works, performance and other activities shall be acknowledged by this organization. Proper documentation of traditional and contemporary performances of North American flute music within the media industry world-wide shall be vigilantly encouraged or reported for legal actions by agencies, associations, and music organizations that provide such services for musicians and performing artists. This organization will function solely within an advocacy nature regarding legal, political, social, or private matters regarding due process and will offer no opinions that will cause to unduly affect the outcome of proceedings regarding the nature of its activities within the purview of the North American and world flute communities.
RNAFF shall recognize the precepts of traditional indigenous ethnic philosophies directly related to personal responsibility, self-reliance, and self-respect without qualification; will not recognize or cause to encourage the divisive nature and specious intents of unaffiliated and unspecified authorities in all aspects of North American and world flute practice; will adhere to the principles of individual and inalienable rights in sharing significant experiences within the domain of personal expression that will contribute to RNAFF’s education role, to reinforce and instill in the general public an appreciation for the diverse aesthetic, utilitarian, technological, and spiritual qualities of the Native American flute encompassing the activities of autonomous regional flute circles, educational institutions, scholarly research and publication efforts, and compatible ventures with world-wide ethnic flute players and associations.
RNAFF shall include world-wide ethnic and indigenous music traditions that share traits of cultural, philosophic, spiritual, and social persuasions that will enhance and contribute to a broader understanding of our human culture in all its variations world-wide. Cross-cultural symposia, conferences, workshops and other activities will become included in national conferences sponsored by RNAFF and managed under the specific direction of RNAFF Board of Directors, Executive Staff, and regional committees.