The bark has been left on this unsplit, 6 holed California Peppertree (Schinus molle) branch flute, accurately tuned and sweetly voiced to an F# minor pentatonic scale, playing three upper octave notes. Measuring 22 3/4" in length, with four direction holes, all knots have been inlaid with crushed turquoise. Elk lacing with turquoise and brass beads holds the bird to the nest. The bird has been fitted with a redwood shoe, for it's absorption qualities, and a drain hole designed into the air chamber to aid against wetout.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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