The wonderful bark has been left on this unsplit California Peppertree (Schinus molle) branch flute, the darker, chocolate colored under-layer exposed at the tone holes. The air chamber and blow hole were bored into the larger of the forked branches at the northInteresting shamanic use of Peppertree: Brought to Mexico by the Spaniards from South America hundreds of years ago,
end of the flute, making this a unique and fun flute to play. Measuring 16 1/2" in length and concert tuned to a sweet, high c minor pentatonic modes 1 & 4, playing five upper octave notes as heard in the sound sample, (the fourth and fifth upper octave notes achieved by half/holing the sixth tone hole) The whole flute is finely finished with all knots and knot checks inlaid with crushed Sleeping Beauty turquoise. Elk lacing with Sleeping Beauty turquoise and brass beads holds the bird to the nest. The branch for this flute was gathered at the Nottingham Center for the Arts, where the flute was made.
Peppertree now grows abundantly in the wild there, where it is known by the name of "pirul", also naturalizing throughout the American Southwest. It has become an important part of Mexican traditional medicine, as its branches are used to "sweep" a person's body and thus "cast away all bad luck" and the "evil eye". This ceremony, called "una barrida con pirul" is common practice in many rural communities in Mexico today.
price includes U.S. shipping cost,
"How to Play and Care For Your Dryad Flute" booklet,
a lined felt drawstring flute bag and a quality guarantee.
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