Native Flutes

September 10, 2017

 

There are three type of Native flutes to my knowledge.  First is the eagle bone whistle, which my great grandpa played.  It was used to call eagles down, so the people can puck a feather for ceremonial purposes.  The second are the rim blown flutes, such as, the Anasazi flutes.  Not much is known about these flutes and hold a lot of mysteries, such as, how it was played and if it was played for ceremonial or entertainment.  Finally, the woodland style Native flute, which is very well known.  It has been played to ceremonial, entertainment and courting.  It was said that a woodpecker drilled holes in a branch of a tree.  Young boy heard sounds from the branch, which he used as a flute to win the affection of the girl he loved.

 

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