Duke Addicks plays a Stephen De Ruby A minor
trail flute at the Stevens House front porch in Minnehaha Park,
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.
Addicks pauses before bringing forth the Voice of Thunderdrum.
the mystery of sacred love flute spirituality.
plays Native American
Indian flute music and and tells stories of the sacred love flute, Coya
Tanka, the great inviting flute of the Mdewakanton, one
of the seven council fires of the great Sioux Nation.
Native American Indian style flutes were traditionally
very sacred instruments used by the Mdewakanton Dakota Sioux and
other tribes for courtship and seduction. Duke Addicks (Euharlee
Cherokee and Clan Stewart) gives voice to his Sacred Love Flutes,
blending ancient Indian melodies and modal tunes from other cultures
into his Celtic—Indian blues and jazz. His breath enables
the spirit within the flute to sing.
Between tunes Duke tells the stories about the spiritual
background and the mysterious gift of these Sacred Love Flutes,
and also explain why Celtic music was traditionally played by the
Mdewakanton Dakota Sioux and members of other tribes on these flutes
well over two hundred years ago.
Whether you use the Native American Indian style
flute (the Sacred Love Flute) in your spiritual practice or just
enjoy listening to music played on the flute, your enjoyment will
be enhanced by knowing more about the spiritual background of these
popular musical instruments and the music traditionally played
This knowledge will be conveyed through master storyteller
and fluteplayer Duke Addicks’ telling of entertaining and
informative stories and playing of powerful and compelling music
on Love Flutes.
Through the following stories and flute music Duke
powerfully conveys the following in an entertaining and engaging
The Native American Indian style flute, traditionally
used for courting, was and is a sacred instrument that has
a spirit within it that breath calls into being, and that both
the flute and the music thus made on it is a gift from the
Great Mystery that dwells with everyone and should be treated
The spirit within the flute can, if respected,
give power to music played on the flute beyond the player’s
abilities and wildest expectations.
The Celtic hymns composed by Joseph Renville and
his friends in the 1830s at his fur trading post on the Minnesota
River during the fur trade era, are based on Mdewakanton Indian
flute tunes consisting of Indian musical themes blended with
modal Celtic melodies and these types of tunes were likely commonly
played on the flute well over two centuries ago and should continue
to be played on the flute today.
Any kind of music can be breathed into being on
the Native American Indian style flutes, and if the player acknowledges
the spirit within the flute, it will give power to these tunes
beyond the player’s human ability: the spirit will take
over these tunes and make them live.
How do we know that Native American Indian style
flutes produced today are sacred or just chunks of hollow wood
with holes in them? Duke’s answer is that “the power
of the Indwelling Spirit is a gift from the Great Mystery and
cannot be understood, only experienced."
Duke's presentation could include the following:
- Flute Tune Introduction: Joe La Framboise’s Jigs
- Story: The Boy Who Dreamed the Flute (coya tanka or the “great
- Story and Bagpipe Tunes: Grey Cloud Girl’s Courtship
(in 1777 by Scottish born teenage fur trader and bagpiper James
Aird) (Story: Taking Down Her Hair
- Story Joe Brown the Fort Snelling Fife Player (akieita ta cotanka
or the “soldier’s flute”),
- Fife Tunes Joe might have taught his Indian flute playing friends:
Duke’s Old Fort Snelling Instruction Book for Fife Jigs
and Reels jazz sequence.
- Story and Flute Tunes: Joseph Renville’s Celtic Hymns
and Joe La Framboise’s Jig,
- Humorous Story: The Disastrous Courtship of Sweet Dear.
- Appalachian mountain highlands lonesome tunes.