Clearly and soulfully voiced to a concert/recording quality G#m pentatonic scale, modes 1 & 4, this Tree Tobacco Flute measures 20 1/8" in length, with a 3/4" diameter sound chamber and 1/2" diameter blow hole. Made from the stalk of a Tree Tobacco (Nicotiana glauca), she carries the powerful, prayerful spirit of the traditional use of tobacco in a large enough diameter to allow for the making of this "prayer flute". As with all Dryad Flutes she was bored out unsplit, maintaining the strength and integrity of her growth rings and honoring the sacred circle of creation. Crushed Red Jasper has been inlaid into a few knots and surface checks in the flute, while crushed Serpentine helps to stabilize the pith of the bird. Deer leather lacing with Red Jasper and horn beads secure 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 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 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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