The Native American flute is one of the world's simplest but most moving instruments. In the last 30 years, it's sparked an entire sub-genre of contemplative music.
Variations include the Anasazi plains flute of the Southwest, with its two-chamber design; the woodlands flute, a simple whistle; and the Aztec drone flute, used for accompaniment.
Native flutes are end-blown, and generally made from softwoods like cedar and juniper, for their fragrance and soft tone. But also from hardwoods, bamboo, cane, plastic or bone. Typically tuned to a minor pentatonic scale, their plaintive sound seems to resonate with the wistful emotions of the fall season and the endless spaces of the American Southwest.
On this transmission of Hearts of Space, another Native flute journey, on a program called RED ROCK CROSSING. Music is by SCOTT AUGUST, JOHNNY WHITEHORSE, R.CARLOS NAKAI & WILL CLIPMAN, COYOTE OLDMAN, DAN POUND, MICHAEL BRANT DeMARIA, and ANN LICATER.