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The 2023 Native Rhythms Festival will once again conduct three separate competitions:
Flute Makers' Competition: This competition pits some of the best flute makers in the world against one another. Click here to proceed to the Flute Makers' Competition page to find the complete set of rules and the entry application for the Flute Makers' Competition.
Paula Ellis Memorial Flute Players' Competition: This competition allows players of differing experience levels, from beginners to advanced, to compete in a live "battle of the flute players." Click here to proceed to the Flute Players' Competition page to find the complete set of rules and the entry application for the Flute Players' Competition.
Artists' Competition: This popular competition pits artists in various media (paintings, leatherwork, beading, sculpting, etc.) with their works incorporating a Native American culture or a nature/environment theme. Click here to proceed to the Artists' Competition page to find the complete set of rules and entry application for the Artists' Competition. 

Entrant Recognition Awards

As has been our tradition from our first year, all Native Rhythms Festival competition entrants will receive a beautiful commemorative necklace with the flute-playing Kokopelli character from our event logo. These necklaces will look like the one in the photo at the left, except they will have the date '23 in the upper right-hand corner. These necklaces will be a limited run for our 2023 competition entrants. (Those from some of the previous years are pictured below.) 

These necklaces will be made by Tom Ransom from maple. They will appear similar to the necklaces we provided in previous years made from Jerusalem stone, from Israel.

So, don't miss out on the '23 Native Rhythms Festival competitors' necklace. All you need do is enter the Flute Makers' or Flute Players' or Artists' Competition and you'll have this beautiful keepsake.

Competition Awards

In addition to the unique, custom trophies as specified in the rules for the individual competitions, the Winners of 2023 Native Rhythms Festival Flute Makers', Flute Players', and Artists' Competitions will be awarded cash prizes in the amounts of $100 for first place, $75 for second place, and $50 for third. Further, the winner of the 2023 Paula Ellis Memorial Flute Players' Competition will be offered the opportunity to appear on the 2024 Native Rhythms Festival program.

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