Essay On Native American Flute

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The Native American flute is the third oldest known musical instrument in the world, with bone flutes dating back over 60,000 years. The first instrument found were drums, then varies whistle were made. Over time, the instrument evolved with many different materials and shapes. And these difference and changes reflect the culture of that time. Virtually, flutes were used all types of hardwoods and softwoods in history. They had many different configurations, 2, 3, 4,5,6,7 or 8 holes. The flute we used in class is 6 holes, and we also saw many different flutes in class, someone smaller, someone larger, someone with 3 holes, etc. The oldest flutes we have were made from wing bones of a Griffon Vulture [1] and a Whooper Swan [2], as well as one …show more content…

This reed has a natural join that serves as a sort of barrier that helps create a chamber. These flutes are kind of easy to make and have a significance influence on modern flute. The oldest existing Native American flute is the Beltrami Native American flute [4]. It was collected by the Italian explorer Giacomo Costantino Beltrami on a journey through present-day Minnesota in 1823. This flute made of a single piece of Western Red Cedar (Gatliff, 2007). About in 1825, people found the Hutter Winnebago flute, shown in picture 5. [5]. The flute were used for many reasons, usually for courting, ceremonies, and tribe activities. Flutes were used for entertainment, encourage people and spirit ceremonies; many of these songs still exist today, like we learned in class, The Rabbit song, Standing Elk song etc. Here is an interesting story about flute usage of courting. When the man successful with the flute in courting purposes in the Cherokee Nation, the women would break the flute in half because they believe did so to prevent him from playing it for anyone else. “The Hopi Tribe had flute societies that performed powerful prayer ceremonies with their

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