Bryan Akipa

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Bryan Akipa
Occupation(s)Army veteran, elementary teacher, flute maker, champion traditional dancer
InstrumentsNative American flute

Bryan Akipa is a Dakota flautist with five solo albums to date.[1] He is an enrolled member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe.

He has been a featured artist at A Prairie Awakening, an annual event held at the Kuehn Conservation Area near Earlham, Iowa.[2] He is a member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribe.[3] He "attended the Institute of American Indian Arts, and studied fine arts with Oscar Howe at the University of South Dakota at Vermillion."[3]


"His CDs have been nominated for several Nammies (Native American Music Awards), including 1998 honors for The Flute Player album, 1999 Thunder Flute (also the Indie awards finalist), 2001 Eagle Dreams, 2002 Best Flutist, Best Male Artist. He was a featured player on My Relatives Say by Mary Louis Defender which won the 2000 NAMA for Best Spoken Word recording."[4]

Akipa was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2016.[5]


  • Mystic Moments. SOAR. 1995.
  • Flute Player. Makoche. 1996.
  • Thunderflute. SOAR. 1998.
  • Eagle Dreams. Makoche. 2001.
  • Song of Aspen. Red Cedar Flute. 2005.

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  1. ^ "Bryan Akipa Overview". Allmusic.
  2. ^ "Programs & Events : Prairie Awakening Native American Celebration". Dallas County, Iowa. Archived from the original on 2013-05-05. Retrieved 2013-04-22.
  3. ^ a b "Makoché". Archived from the original on 2001-04-15. Retrieved 2013-04-22.
  4. ^ "Live Performance by Native Flute Player Bryan Akipa". Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries. 2011-08-04. Retrieved 2013-04-22.
  5. ^ "NEA National Heritage Fellowships 2016". National Endowment for the Arts. Retrieved 15 October 2017.

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