Sweetly and soulfully voiced to a concert/recording quality high B flat minor pentatonic scale, modes 1 & 4, this mystical Tree Tobacco (Nicotiana glauca) Prayer Flute expresses the spirit of our sacred Earth through its rugged beauty and inspiring sound. Measuring 21" in length, with four tuning/direction holes, it plays three in-tune upper register notes. As with all Dryad Flutes it was bored out unsplit, honoring the strength and integrity of the tree's growth rings and natural character. Each of the seven branchlets and two knots spiraling up around this tree tobacco stalk (including one in the bird) has been inlaid with crushed turquoise, a stone that signifies the spirit of the sky alive in the earth. American Bison lacing with turquoise and bone beads secures the bird to its nest. To help prevent wetout, the bird has been fitted with a cedar shoe, and a drain hole, covered by the lacing, has been designed into the air chamber. This Tobacco Prayer Flute has been well sealed, inside and out, so that neither of the alkaloids in Nicotiana glauca (nicotine and anabasine) come into contact with the player.
Tree Tobacco ( Nicotiana glauca ) is a species of wild tobacco native to South America that can grow to the size of a small tree. It has naturalized to other parts of the world, including here in Southern California where the Cahuilla Indians used its leaves "interchangeably with other tobacco species in hunting rituals and as a poultice to treat swellings, bruises, cuts, wounds, boils, sores, inflamed throat, and swollen glands." (source) Various types of tobacco have been used traditionally in native cultures throughout the Americas as offerings to the spirits, for planting, for gathering food, for healings and for the Native American Pipe Ceremony. (source)
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