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FULL CIRCLE

This flute is part of a series of four flutes I am creating and is # 3. The name "Full Circle" comes from my Grandfather. See below.

It is not often that my Grandfather looks at my flutes, but when he was over recently, he asked to see what I had in the rookery. :)) I showed him the Raven flutes and boy was he excited! I think he looked at the flutes for at least 45 minutes before telling me his tale from ancient past, at least it was ancient to me! hehe........

On a trip some years ago, my Grandfather was seining the river for fish with four other men. Now just between us, I don't think this is legal, but maybe it was then?

Late that evening they had several fish lying all over the river bank. It was then that a Raven three times the size of a crow flew in and perched on a limb overlooking the fish they had caught. The bird was not afraid and appeared to be hungry as he looked over the fish deciding which would be the most tender!

Out of the corner of his eye, my Grandfather saw one of the men pull his pistol and begin to aim at the large bird! Jumping towards the man, my Grandfather hit the gun as it went off, which caused the bullet to cut the limb into instead of killing the bird!!

Even after the loud shot, the bird in his hunger swooped down and picked up one of the smaller fish, then flew away safely.

My Grandfather said that he explained to the man how Ravens do more good than harm eating thousands of insects and not the crops the man accused them of destroying.

In my Grandfather's day there were many of these birds, but due to men like the one fishing that day, they had been all but exterminated in the south.

When I told my Grandfather about the Ravens I have seen, his reply was, "These birds have come Full Circle! They were once almost extinct here, but are now back!" He was very happy to hear this!!!

Origin:

As a child I had a pet crow named "Black Feather." He had fallen out of the nest and so I took him in, fed him, and raised the bird as my own little child. A Crow is not a Raven, but are very similar as far as being very smart! I am told these birds have the largest brains of all others! I once placed a tiny vessel of water, along with many small pebbles, in Black Feather's cage. The water was too low for him to get a drink. With very little thought, the bird dropped the pebbles into the vessel and quickly quenched his thirst!!

Ravens are one of the most widespread birds of North America! I have encountered them in the Northwest many times and around five years ago they started nesting here in Ga in a nearby swamp.

They have a very deep voice and a large vocabulary of sounds. Ravens even make musical calls and have been taught to speak in captivity. Wild birds can live more than 30 years!

One thing that fascinates me about these birds is that they will hunt cooperatively with wolves!!! Ravens will alert wolves to prey! After the kill, and the wolves are full, the Raven will then feed on the prey. It is a known fact that wolves and Ravens engage in playful behavior with each other. The Ravens swoop down at the wolves, who will give chase playfully!

To the Native Americans the Raven's medicine is magic - The Great Mystery! Raven is the guardian of both ceremonial magic and healing circles, a messenger spirit which can project their power over great distances. Black is the color of magical power, and is to be feared if misused. I once read that a Raven making a crying sound while perching on a teepee will overlook the next place where death will occur. It is said that a Raven can smell death and will hover over the area where the next victim dwells, including animals. Yet it was a Raven's feather that was used by old time Medicine Men to work with someone who was ill! The healer stroked their body, collecting and drawing out the negative energy, to be shaken out and cleansed later. Very powerful medicine in days of old.

Raven is considered one of the oldest and wisest of animals, having supernatural powers.

I have seen these birds work in pairs. One bird distracts the animal, as the other steals the food right out from under it's nose! So funny to watch, but not to the unfortunate beast! :))

Even in the Creator's Holy Word, it was the Raven who protected the prophets, feeding Elijah and Paul in the wilderness!!

This flute carries the heavy billed Raven totem and has received this right because of sightings in the area to the west in the swamp north of the Flint. This is the 3rd of four flutes I will create to honor these powerful medicine birds!

Swampfox

This just in from the Medicine Man out of Canada! There is no better blessing in this world than to hear of a little one on the way, especially if you are the Grandfather and can send them home after a short visit! hehe.... You are a blessed man my Brother and your email has made my day! :))

Hello My Brother
Something wonderful happened today , "Talks to Birds" arrived this morning . It is everything you said it would be and more. It is a truly magical flute. I was playing it at lunch and it was sooo wonderful , the voice was so pure and sweet , and I really thought I was holding a piece of magic. I barely put the flute down and my daughter inlaw stopped in to say that I will be a grand father in December. I was so happy. The flute truly is magical , I do not know how I will ever be able to thank you enough my Brother.
You and your family will always be in our thoughts and prayers.

Love Bill & Cathy

 

 

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