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.

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Duke Addicks pauses before bringing forth the Voice of Thunderdrum.

The Sacred Flute

Experience the mystery of sacred love flute spirituality.

Duke Addicks 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 on them.

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 way:

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 with respect.

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 calling” flute),
  • 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.