Duke Addicks plays a Stephen De Ruby A- minor trail flute at the Stevens House front porch in Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
This is his best flute for playing outdoors in any weather: always a good strong sound that carries a long way, always in tune.
Duke also carries a DeRuby A-minor cedar flute which produces a fuller, softer tone.
Last updated on 8/28/09
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About Duke Addicks Storyteller
Invite Duke to tell his stories at your groups next meeting, special event, festival, campfire or outing.
Duke Addicks pauses before bringing forth the Voice of Thunderdrum.
Duke Addicks plays the Native American Flute, Thunderdrum and Conch Shell Trumpet as an integral part of his retelling stories about American Indians.
Asgina Ageli is the name given to Duke by his Echota Tsalagi (Overhill Cherokee) relatives after he received his vision and means something like "He Who Walks With The Ancestors" or "Spirit Walker."
Duke was once again honored to make a presentation at the 2008 conference of the International Native American Flute Association in Eau Claire, Wis., July 9-11, 2008, on Playing Celtic Tunes on the Native American Flute. For conference information, click on the logo above. The list of performers and presenters is truly impressive and the conference fee for attending is very modest.
Duke plays a ceremonial conch shell trumpet he received from internationally famous Mexican musician Xavier Quijas Yxayotl.
Fragments of Gulf of Mexico conch shells have been found associated with burials over a ten thousand year period in the Upper Mississippi region. Tribes along the Gulf coast and in Southeastern United States traditionally played conch shell trumpets.
The Indians associated with the Mississippian Culture and their descendents used conch shells in a similar fashion, Duke's Echota Cherokee ancestors used conch trumpets to communicate from mountain to mountain in the Southern Appalachians as well as for ceremonial purposes.
If you want to buy a Native American flute that plays well check out the Oregon Flute Store at www.oregonflutestore.com. They provide excellent advice as to what you should have.
Also, the web site of the International Native American Flute Association lists makers of flutes and their websites.
Buy flutes made in North America. Flutes made in other countries are generally unsatisfactory and cost about the same as good flutes made by well respected North Americans.
Excellent flutes can be had for less than $150. Stephen de Ruby makes excellent "trail flutes" with wide mouthpieces that play a fuller, bolder tone than most flutes. I use his A and G flutes in my programs outdoors and in all kinds of weather and their cost is about a hundred dollars.
Coyote Oldman's excellent "little flutes" sell for less than a hundred dollars and his "backpacking flutes," which sell for less than a hundred and fifty dollars, are also a good value, are very sturdy and play very well.
I play several of his "little flutes" and also a backpacking flute in F#, which is one of the best flutes I own. Their response is quick, their tone is full and distinctive, and their sound carries a long way across lakes and valleys, as well as filling a room or an auditorium. I will be buying more of his flutes!
Learning to play the American Indian flute is not difficult. The best book about learning to play this type of flute is The Art of the Native American Flute by R. Carlos Nakai and James Demars, published by Canyon Records Productions, Phoenix Arizona, in 1996. Buy this book before you buy your flute as it contains valuable instructions on how to select a flute. The first chapter on Native American Musical Tradition is an excellent introduction to this music. Just about any music store can order it for you, or you can order it directly from www.canyonrecords.com.
There are many recordings by Nakai (his best is The Best of Nakai) and others playing the American Indian flute. Listen to them to get an idea of how this music is to be played. Nakai recordings can be ordered from Canyon Records as well as the book.
The best CD I am aware of by a non-Indian is Slough Music by Brother Michael Peterson OSB of Blue Cloud Abbey in Marvin, South Dakota. Email them for the latest price. See their web page at www.bluecloud.org.
History of the American Indian Flute
There are many stories about how the American Indian Flute came to be. One of the best books is Paul Goble's Love Flute, published by Simon and Schuster in 1992 and available as an Aladdin Paperback edition. Not only is the traditional Santee Dakota story of the origin of the courting flute well presented, but he has a listing of sources for numerous other stories that tell of different origins of the flute. (Love Flute at Amazon.com)Click here for Duke's Storyteller Page