Tobacco Prayer Flute in Am
With a sweet and expressive voice tuned to a concert/recording quality Am pentatonic scale,
modes 1 & 4, this Tree Tobacco (Nicotiana glauca) Prayer Flute is naturally beautiful in its simplicity --
just the pure spirit of tobacco here, with no stone inlay or beads, made to carry through music,
the player's prayers and healing intentions into the causal dimension of Spirit.
As with all Dryads, this flute was bored out unsplit, honoring the strength and integrity of the tree's growth rings.
Measuring 20 3/4" in length, with four tuning/direction holes, the chocolate colored bark has been left on, keeping intact
as much of the tobacco stalk's natural character as possible.
Deer leather lacing 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. The 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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