View and hear Duke Addicks playing the
first set of tunes, Chansons
des Hiverants, from the CD, FROM THE EAGLE’S NEST, on YouTube. This is the music Duke Addicks plays
when he lets his flute sing!
Duke Addicks plays the music behind the melodies
of tribal, ancient, Celtic and early American tunes on Native
American Indian style red cedar flutes.
Addicks plays this music to relax the eagles when he joins
them in their “Eagle’s Nest,” the living
quarters of the permanently incapacitated eagles Duke uses
in his educational presentations at the National Eagle Center
in Wabasha, MN. This is the music Duke Addicks plays to soothe
the injured eagles at the Raptor Center at the University of
This is the music
Duke Addicks played in his performance presentation on Playing
Celtic Music on Native American Flutes at the 2008 Conference
of the International Native American Flute Association.
This is the music Duke Addicks played in his two powerful presentations
on the Spirituality of the Native American Flute at the University
of Minnesota--Mankato’s 2008 Women & Spirituality Conference.
Flute, on this site, contains
a discussion of whether the Native American Indian style flutes
have a spirit that helps Duke and anyone who plays this type
of flute, turn the tunes into music.
This is the music Duke Addicks, whose tribal heritages include
a blend of Euharlee Cherokee and Clan Stewart, plays as the Chairman
of the multi-tribal Shakopee American Indian Center. This is
the music Duke Addicks plays as fluteplayer, storyteller and
Chief Justice for the Upper Mississippi Mdewakanton (Dakota/Sioux)
Indian Community. This is the music Duke Addicks plays as a fur
trade era re-enactor and member of LaCompagnie des Hiverants
de la Riviere Sainte Pierre.
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
Duke also carries a DeRuby A-minor cedar
flute which produces a fuller, softer tone.
DUKE ADDICKS PLAYS AND
TELLS NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN FLUTE MUSIC,
LEGENDS AND LORE,
(AND TELLS UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER HISTORY STORIES—see
his storyteller web page
A master storyteller and accomplished performer
on the Native American Indian style flutes, Duke Addicks, whose
tribal heritages includes Euharlee Cherokee and Clan Stewart,
blends these cultural and genetic heritages in his flute playing.
He states: “When
I play the flute, all I am doing is giving the spirit that dwells
in the flute breath so that together the spirit and I can produce
songs that capture the essence of the earliest music of humanity
hidden behind the melodies of tunes.”
See the page about
the Spirituality of the Native American
Indian flute for more
on this attitude toward playing this instrument.
Duke Addicks is the storyteller
and fluteplayer for the Upper Mississippi Mdewakanton (Dakota/Sioux)
Indian Community, Chairman of the Shakopee American Indian
Center, and a fur trade era re-enactor and member of LaCompagnie
des Hiverants de la Riviere Sainte Pierre.
He gives his educational
programs about eagles at the National Eagle Center, The Raptor
Center at the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota Valley
National Wildlife Refuge and for many other organizations.
He has made presentations and performed at
the 2006 and 2008 Conferences of the International Native American
and World Flute Association, and at the University of Minnesota—Mankato’s 2008 Women & Spirituality
Conference, and before hundreds of audiences, and on radio and
His music and stories reflect his blend
of his American Indian (Euharlee Cherokee) and Celtic (Clan Stewart)
tribal heritages. He is an accomplished player of Tribal, Ancient,
Celtic and Early American Music on Native American Indian style
He is also a master storyteller, and for over
half a century has shared stories about American Indian people
whose lives influenced the course of Fur Trade Era history of
the Upper Mississippi. His stories are best for adults and older
children, but his music is enjoyed by everyone of every age,
and especially enjoyed by the eagles at the National Eagle Center
who sometimes even sing along with his tunes.
Click here for Duke's Storyteller Page
Duke plays a ceremonial conch shell trumpet he received from
internationally famous Mexican musician Xavier
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