Far more challenging to play than the Plains Flute or Woodlands Flute , the instrument termed the Anasazi Flute dates back in the archaeological record to the 7th century. Still made today by modern Pueblo cultures as well as non-Native flutemakers, this Ancestral Pueblo Flute will reward the diligent student with an incomparable sound. This article contains photos, videos, maps, detailed information, a flutemaker comparison chart , and more to improve your education about and increase your appreciation of the Anasazi Flute. This original illustration depicts the black flute A found in at Broken Flute Cave, Arizona. It has a dull black finish and wear marks indicate that it was played with the right hand above the left. This illustration depicts the two flutes found by George H. Pepper in Room 33 at Pueblo Bonito. Source: Chuck "Caveman" Coker. This photo depicts an exquisite inlaid design of crushed turquoise on a modern Anasazi flute. Source: YouTube.
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When I first began to look at classifying flutes that originated in North America, I quickly got the sense of dealving into a rabbit-hole topic. Rather than trying to craft flutes to a generally accepted, ideal model, makers of ethnic flutes seeks to define their own style and take the instrument in their own direction. And so, the types of flutes described on this page are mostly general classes into which a particular flute can be placed. While this page lists flutes that I believe originated in North America, little is really known at how those designs were influenced by outside cultures. The topic of outside influences and originality in the context of indigenous flute design is often debated - another rabbit-hole topic. This page mostly looks at flutes in the present-day context, and from the perspective of flute makers and players. One fascinating area that is outside the scope of Flutopedia deals with the possibility that an instrument can be a window of understanding the culture that developed or uses the instrument. The concept that the instrument or its primary scale can affect the culture in the same way that the language developed by a culture in turn affects the continued development of that culture.
Quiet Journey from Hidden Journey. The origins of the Native American flute are hazy and full of mystery. Bone whistles dating from Basketmaker times B. However, since most prehistoric flutes were made of plant material, i. A few examples, however, have been discovered. They are commonly called Anasazi flutes after the prehistoric cultures that once lived in the area, popularly called Anasazi, but flutes similar in construction have been found throughout the Americas. These flutes were much different than the Native American Flutes of today. The sound is produced with the lips, not unlike a modern Silver Orchestral flute, but blown at the end. This is Kokopelli's flute. These finds have lead many scholars to believe that the Native American flute originated in the American Southwest and then made its way north toward Utah.
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