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Navajo Flute

navajocodetalkersadmin on June 24, 2015 - 10:00 am in Navajo History

With a distinct sound that is easy to remember, nothing quite draws the mind into an attentive and respective state then the notes played on a Navajo Flute. An art form that was almost lost over the past few centuries, the Navajo Flute is as distinct in its sound as it is in its appearance.

Drawing upon the incredible history of the Navajo, as well as the techniques shared among Native American tribes long before western colonization, the Navajo Flute has once again emerged as tool to continue on the cultures and traditions of ages past. Lets take a moment to examine what a Navajo Flute is, the history of the flute, what makes the Navajo Flute particularly unique, and where you may be able to find one.

The History Of Flutes Among Native American Tribes

The Navajo Flute may at first appear similar to other Native American flutes found and produced today. It is true that the Native American Flute is an end-blown style of flute, made out of either cane, hardwood or softwood. Handcrafted, it is believed that the instrument came from an earlier type of flute used by the Ancient Pueblo People of Oasisamerica known as the Anasazi Flute.

The Distinctive Appearance of The Navajo Flute

Combining craftsmanship, techniques passed on down the line, and a symbology distinct to the Navajo people, the Navajo Flute is a cultural icon as well as a beautiful instrument. Along with careful craftsmanship and testing for note quality the Navajo Flute may often be adorned with a variety of animals and symbols important to the Navajo people. With every Navajo Flute being unique, it is hard to overstate either the quality or rarity of every flute out there.

Where Can I Purchase A Navajo Flute?

While the flutes can be purchased at our near the Navajo Reservation, there are also several websites where you can purchase Navajo Flutes from the creators themselves. One such creator, Jonah Thompson, is well known throughout the Navajo Flute culture for producing carefully constructed works of art. Born and raised in Kayenta Arizona and on the Navajo Reservation, Thompson continues the craft passed down to him.

In general, while the price of individual Navajo Flutes may shift depending on workmanship, materials, and quality, the average Navajo Flute goes for around $40 to $60 for every flute. With prices so low, it is a small price to pay for something that has so much cultural significance behind it.

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