Making a Flute

Michael Cornelius

For more than 20 years, Michael Cornelius has been making traditional Chickasaw flutes. The length of the flute and the spaces between the holes were based upon the body of the player – a flute would be as long as his forearm and the spaces were dependent on his fingers and hands, making each flute a custom work of art.


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