Thomas Doty – Storyteller

A Native View

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Flutes

Takelma people have been playing flutes since the Old Time. At the Sacred Salmon Ceremony, divers returning the bones and skin of the First Salmon to the bottom of the Rogue River were honored by a chorus of many flutes. In a lonely place, a young person played a flute to attract vivid dreams during a vision quest, or back in the village, to attract a mate. The first flute was described in a myth: Eel blew air out the holes in his body. He made the best music.

Photo: Playing cedar flute in the mid-1980s.