The flute, blown either from an end or from the side, is one of the few indigenous instruments that has survived in American Indian traditional music. As American Indian musicians adapted more and more European influences into their music, including the violin, the snare drum, and even beer can ...
I'm not sure if this is outside your interest, but it is gorgeous music by an amazing artist, Jorge Reyes. There is a 3CD collection of his "prehispanic" music that I highly recommend. I believe it is missing a 4th album with the same concentration, but I could be wrong about that. Albums can be found on youtube.
One of my former staff members was an accomplished pianist and also recorder player. At one of his baroque recorder groups' recitals, one of the players soloed on a Native American flute. I was told that he also played classical metal flute, clarinet and recorder. The sound of the Native American, as he played it, was quite "haunting."
I’m just sort of scratching the surface. Lots of famous (within specific circles) players and craftsmen out there. Lots of online information, guides, music, gear, etc. available. I have several flutes. One is bamboo, one of aromatic Cedar and one beauty made from Zebrawood. It’s all very interesting. Thank goodness it doesn’t take years and years to learn. Very easy instrument to play.
This thread is jogging a memory. When I was a child, a distant relative --at least in my mind it was a distant relative, because I didn't know who was giving me this gift, nor do I now know who this person was-- gave me a tourist Bolivian Tarka flute. The flute is in the shape of a 16" or so rectangular totem. They couldn't have spent much money on it when they were in South America. I used to play it some. I carried it around more than I played it. It has a great sound. It has a chip out of the mouthpiece, but it doesn't hinder its function. I still have it, and I'm not someone who keeps things. If this flute wasn't cool, I would have thrown it in a Goodwill box a very long time ago. It doesn't hold sentimental value. It's simply a cool thing. Similar to this. The image is rather large
Right. It isn't that one. 6 finger holes. A carving into a light in weight, darkish wood with a stain, oil, or shellac. Some kind of finish anyway. It's buried somewhere, and I can't remember where right now. I also have a similar in wood and motif desk pen/pencil holder that I still use to this day. I tried to find an example of that on ebay and google image search, but I don't know what search words to use, so I can't find an image of that. I only mention it as well because I know you like pen things.