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Cane and Bamboo Flutes by James Gilliland

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James R. Gilliland, a Native American artist and flute maker for 15 + years from the hills of North Alabama retired from the Space Shuttle Program. He uses his engineering skills and Native American heart to create a flute that sings. One of his river cane flutes played on the International Space Station in 2002, and is now on display in the Smithsonian National Native American Museum in Washington, DC. He was also commissioned by Dr. Kathleen Joyce-Grendahl in 2004 to make the River Cane Flutes for the movie, The New World. James is a registered Native American of Cherokee/Creek heritage. He is passing on his cultural tradition of flute making to his grandchildren, Wayne, Wesley and Melissa who work with him.

<br>Cane & Black Bamboo Native American Flutes

Cane & Black Bamboo Native American Flutes

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Your cases do so much more than just protect my flutes - they give me a good feeling every time I look at them, and I get about as many comments from people about the cases as I do about the flutes. I was hiking in the Grand Canyon and after stopping to play was all packed up and just about to head on down the trail when a woman approached me. She saw the Hummingbird and asked if I had been playing the flute music they heard as they were hiking down the trail. It turned out that she and her husband had hiked to that overlook to scatter their son's ashes on the anniversary of his passing, and she asked me to stay and play for them while they did that. So the Hummingbird has added a lot to my flute experience in many ways!

~David
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