Native American Flutes

Tribal Spirit is excited to announce our new partnership with an amazing Cayuga Native flute maker from Six Nations. We have been travelling the Powwow Trail with him for years and are excited to have him join the Tribal Spirit team. His flutes are all 100% hand made and absolutely one of a kind. His exacting attention to detail, quality and precision makes his flutes some of the best in Indian country.

Old stories tell of the romantic power of the Native flute.  The tone is sensual and moving.  A perfect stress release.  The beautiful thing about a Native flute is that like a drum, everyone intuitively knows how to play.  We are taught that if you tune into your heart, everyone can hear the beat and play a drum. The same goes with a Native flute, pause… listen to your breath and you can make your flute sing.  (We cannot accept returns on Flutes due to hygienic reasons)

Warbling Native flute More than any other ornament or effect, the warble (or “warbling”) is the classic and distinctive sound of traditional Native American flutes. Only a small portion of present-day Native American flutes are designed to warble. But, historically, some makers went as far as to discard a flute if it did not warble.

The Warble of early flutes In some ways, the contemporary Native American flute doesn’t sound like the indigenous flutes of the far past. Recently, flutes have been refined through modern preferences. First they have been tuned to the piano and particular scales. Much of their timbre has been cleaned of the buzzy, raspy, and breathiness. And they have lost their ability to warble, which is a sound that appears to have been highly prized in earlier times. When such flute is blown forcefully with all finger holes covered, it will sound initially with the lowest pitch and then briefly jump an octave higher before fall back to the lowest pitch, just to repeat the cycle of jumping and falling pitches. Because of the pulsing nature of the sound, many first mistake the warble for a strong vibrato.

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