The Flute Keeper is Giovanni de Carlo, a flutist who plays concerts of what he identifies as “ethnic traditional Native American flute music.” ~ De Carlo is involved in a controversy with The International Native American Flute Association (INAFA). This organization has an alert, where they mention that De Carlo is not a member of the Kiowa tribe.

INAFA has recently received numerous complaints and advisories from people in Europe about the whereabouts and their dealings with Giovanni de Carlo, also known as “Gio”, “The Flute Keeper,” and “Tdom Bah Toden Xkee.” INAFA continues to council caution in doing business or hiring this individual. Please research and verify his credentials and award claims carefully. According to the Kiowa, they have no record of this person as being a member of any type of the their tribal nation. The Native American Church does not recognize him as being a legitimate shaman, nor is he listed as a member of the church itself. Please contact INAFA if you have seen this individual, so that we may notify the appropriate authorities.

http://www.worldflutes.org/alertGIO.html

ATTENTION U.S. MILITARY BASES IN GERMANY: The military bases in Germany have been notified about Giovanni de Carlo, the self-proclaimed Flute Keeper, whose alias is Tdom Bah Toden Xkee. In the past, Gio has performed on U.S. military bases, in particular during November which is Native American history month.

Since the base itself is considered to be the same as being on American soil, the U.S. military bases were made aware of the fact that Gio is wanted in the United States for felony fraud. He is not Native American in heritage, which means that he is in violation of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 (http://www.doi.gov/iacb/act.html). He is Greek and passing himself off as Native American and profiting from it. This is illegal according to the Act and he can be held accountable on a military base since it is American soil. He may also be apprehended on military bases for the fraud warrants that are active for him in the U.S.A.

Edited by RoseAStarr on 21 Jul 2010, 20:11

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