Measuring 18 3/4" in length this very unique Peppertree (Shinus molle) branch flute is tuned to A minor pentatonic, modes 1 & 4 and plays 3 upper octave notes as well as the gypsy scale. The wonderful, gnarled bark has been left on and well sealed so it won't peal off, with all knot holes or crevices inlaid with crushed malachite. Elk lacing with malachite and amber beads holds the bird to the nest, the bird fitted with a redwood shoe to aid against wetout. The branch for this flute was gathered from a tree that grows where the flute was made, at the Nottingham Center for the Arts.
Shamanic use of Peppertree: Brought to Mexico by the Spaniards from South America hundreds of years ago,
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.
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"How to Play and Care For Your Dryad Flute" booklet,
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