Tobacco Prayer Flute in low C#m set with Amethyst Crystals
With a clear, resonant and soulful voice tuned to a concert/recording quality low C#m pentatonic scale, modes 1 & 4,
this magical Tree Tobacco (Nicotiana glauca) Prayer Flute is empowered with 14 high quality natural Amethyst crystal points,
set like Spring buds into each branchlet stub spiraling up around the flute, allowing for the healing properties of Amethyst
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 Amethyst crystals, creating through the piezoelectric effect a subtle electricity that amplifies the prayers and intentions
of the player. This is a flute of natural magic, created for prayerful and healing purposes.
As with all Dryad Flutes this was bored out unsplit, honoring the strength and integrity of the tree's growth rings
and natural character. One of the unique features on this flute is its mouthpiece made from an existing branchlet stub
located in just the right position! When blown into, the breath first makes contact with and is energized by the base of the large
Amethyst crystal set into the air chamber. At the other end of the flute, like a hollowed out tree, there is a large opening
that adds character and beauty to the very natural look of this one-of-a-kind, magnificent flute!
Measuring 33" in length, the tone holes have been offset for ergonomic fingering, tone holes spaced app. 1 1/2"
on the right hand and 1 1/4" on the left. A few surface and end-checks have been inlaid with crushed Amethyst. Elk leather lacing with Amethyst
and gold plated beads secures the bird to its nest. To help prevent wetout, the bird has been fitted with a cedar shoe. 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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