Tree Tobacco Magic Flute in Am
Soulfully and resonantly tuned to an Am (A=440) pentatonic scale, modes 1&4, playing two upper register notes, this Tree Tobacco ( Nicotiana glauca ) Magic Flute, as with all Dryad Flutes, was bored out unsplit, leaving the natural strength, beauty and integrity of her growth rings intact. Green aura crystals, set like buds sprouting out of a living tree, allow for the healing properties of quartz crystal to join in harmonious synergy with the prayerful spirit of Tobacco. Whenever this flute's air column vibrates in the expression of its sound, it also vibrates the crystals, creating through the piezoelectric effect a subtle electricity that amplifies the healing intent of the player. This branch flute measures 22 3/4" in length, with four tuning/direction holes. Elk lacing lends its spirit and strength to secure the bird to her nest. To help prevent wetout, the bird has been fitted with a cedar shoe. 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 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)
The Tree Tobacco used for this flute was gathered in ceremony, with respect and deep gratitude for her existence, from an area slated for development, shortly before the bulldozers would have plowed her under. Her life continues now as a spirit-filled flute of natural magic, especially suited for prayerful, healing intentions.
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