How Flutes are Made

Michael Cornelius

Michael Cornelius describes how flutes are made: though the river cane flute and the cedar flute look different, they both operate with two chamber, open-mouth construction. Enjoy his cedar flute performance of "Heart Whispers" ... a song that comes from the heart of a nation.


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Making a Flute

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For more than 20 years, Michael Cornelius has been making traditional Chickasaw flutes.

Chickasaw River Culture

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Chickasaw flute player Michael Cornelius reflects on the origins of the flute and its significance to his tribal culture.

River Cane

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Before moving to the Oklahoma Territory, the Chickasaws of the southeastern United States were river people.

The Chickasaw Cultural Center: Traditional Village

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