C.S. Fuqua’s The Native American Flute: Myth, History, Craft explores the Native American flute’s true place and function in ancient and contemporary societies, detailing its development and use by women and men as well as the myths it inspired, while providing detailed instruction on crafting the ancient and modern versions of the flute.
Most know and promote the native flute as an extension of the male, an instrument invented specifically to enable a young man to cast a magical love spell over the rather feebleminded female he desires as his mate, but native women were never docile, ineffective servants or prizes to be had by a man’s mastery of the flute. Native American women once possessed as much or more power within the tribal structure as men, power that deteriorated as European values became internalized, but women’s power has experienced a strong resurgence over the last 50 years. What does this have to do with the Native American flute? Simply, the flute is not now nor has ever been the sole domain of the male.
The Native American Flute: Myth, History, Craft examines the flute’s feminine side, structural development, and social history, from ancient societies to modern cultures and music. The book also provides complete and detailed instruction for crafting both the modern and ancient versions of the flute as well as tablature for several downloadable songs.