Death Whistle > NEW Oregon Flute Store Exclusive Design Death Whistle

NEW Oregon Flute Store Exclusive Design Death Whistle

NEW Oregon Flute Store Exclusive Design Death Whistle

By Nash Tavewa

We commissioned Nash to create this newly designed Death Whistle as our Oregon Flute Store Exclusive only available here.

If you have ever had the pleasure of listening to the music of Xavier Quijas Yxayotl, then you may have heard the giant rush of mysterious wind that sent shivers through your soul. This is the instrument that creates that astonishing sound. 

NEW Oregon Flute Store Exclusive Design Death Whistle

NEW Oregon Flute Store Exclusive Design Death Whistle

This particular whistle produces a loud horrifying sound. It was used by the Zapotec, Aztecs, and Mayans. It was played along with the conch shell, teponaztli, drum, and a flute. It was also used on the "Day of the Dead" with a combination of other instruments.  These whistles are hand sculpted from terra cotta clay and fired in a kiln by artist Nash Tavewa (Nash).

Nash Tavewa, the artist: 

Nash Tavewa is a member of the Bene Xidza (people of the clouds) or more modernly known as “Zapotec”. He comes from a long lineage of master ceramic artists in traditional Zapotec pottery.

Nash apprenticed under the guidance of Maestro Guillermo Martinez, where he learned about the art of Native American love flute and drum making. Over many years of refining his skills, working with both clay and wood, Nash has become a world renowned instrument maker.

His grounding in Zapotec traditional knowledge manifests in his instruments reinterpreting the traditional musical language and dance. His art practice maintains his ancestor's spiritual beliefs in nature as a sacred and divine living being.

He has great appreciation for his heritage with its rich traditions, ceremonies, dances and music. He seeks to preserve and share this ancient knowledge.

Death Whistle

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Price: $239.00


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My second flute from OFS arrived on June 25-09 (My first flute is the stunningly breathtaking dream flute created by Jeff Calavan) and I must say that it is simply an absolutely wonderful "Low B" flute from "Stellar" with a rich robust and deep resonance. I just love it. I can't wait to bounce all of its acoustics off the NYC's subway tiles! I've ordered flutes, and quivers and a microphone from you guys and all of your products have been just totally incredible. JoAnn and Jeff thank you so much I know I'll be ordering stuff from you guys for years to come!!!
~Carlos Robles
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