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  • 2014 CATALOG 31-  154 Color Pages
    2014 CATALOG 31- 154 Color Pages Mailing week of March 5, 2014!! Be sure to get yours for the largest selection of Native American Indian, rendezvous & mountain man, & reenactor craft supplies & crafts to be found anywhere.
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  • JULY & AUGUST CROW CALLS - Specials & New Items
    JULY & AUGUST CROW CALLS - Specials & New Items 16 PAGES of new items & savings on many very popular powwow & rondy items, such as Bustle & Fan Kits, Broadcloth, Damascus Knives, Learning DVDs, Tile Beads, NEW Elk Hides & much more.
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  • AMAZING NEW WARBONNET BOOK! The Plains Warbonnet
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    PENDLETON INDIAN BLANKETS - For Powwow or Home!   For over a 100 years, if you're looking for an American Indian blanket, you're looking for a Pendleton. We offer an extensive line of the most popular blankets, throws, baby blankets, serapes & shawls.
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  • HOT OFF THE PRESS - Learn to Play Flutes
    HOT OFF THE PRESS - Learn to Play Flutes Revised for 2012, this 40 page manual comes with an interactive CD developed exclusively to go along with it, and contains many illustrations & several color photos.
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  • NEW DESIGNS - Super Soft Fleece 60x80
    NEW DESIGNS - Super Soft Fleece 60x80 Super soft & super inexpensive, these 2 new fleece 60x80 blankets are great for those looking for Native American designs used with Southwest decor. Available in 20 attractive, traditional patterns & colors.
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  • WARBONNET HQ - Readymade & Kits
    WARBONNET HQ - Readymade & Kits Indian & non-Indian made warbonnets in a variety of styles & quality. From our regular style, to the super deluxe made of the most realistic hand painted feathers, you'll be proud of your Crazy Crow warbonnet!
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  • 4-BAND BROADCLOTH - Specials & New Items
    4-BAND BROADCLOTH - Specials & New Items 4-Band Broadcloth in Navy features a traditional edge popular into the mid-1900s. Excellent for leggings, breechclouts, aprons, vests, trailers, skirts, blankets & straight dance suits. 60 inch width.
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  • MOCCASINS & FOOTWEAR - Introducing New Styles
    MOCCASINS & FOOTWEAR - Introducing New Styles Moccasins & footwear for powwows, rendezvous or just getting around! Includes new Huron made Wyandot Confederacy high & lowtops for adults & infants.
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  • Plains Hi-Top Moccasin Pattern - Missouri River Patterns
    Plains Hi-Top Moccasin Pattern - Missouri River Patterns This pattern takes all the guesswork out of moccasin making! Using our simple, illustrated moccasin instructions, even a beginner can create a fine looking pair of authentic hi-top leather moccasins.
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  • PENDLETON ACCESSORIES - Great Gift Ideas!
    PENDLETON ACCESSORIES - Great Gift Ideas! Pendleton accessories feature the highly popular Pendleton blanket designs in fine quality wool, complete with the Pendleton label. Towels, bags, cases, mugs & more, make great gifts anytime.
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  • Beaded Rosettes - Authentic Indian Designs
    Beaded Rosettes - Authentic Indian Designs We offer a wide selection of imported classic & contemporary American Indian design rosettes to meet demand for an economical line of quality beadwork.
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    MANDALAS & KITS - Hand Made Wall Art American Indian Mandalas represent powerful symbols, descendants of plains Indian shields & medicine wheels. Hand painted designs & natural materials result in wall hangings that enhance your decor.
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  • SCALP LOCKS - 1000 Craft Uses!
    SCALP LOCKS - 1000 Craft Uses! Endless applications, including war shirts, leggings, blanket strips, shields, etc. Made from trimmed black or white horsehair and secured by a 1 inch metal cone with long sinew lace ties. Overall length 8 inches.
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  • JEWELRY GIFT IDEAS - Missouri River Brand
    JEWELRY GIFT IDEAS - Missouri River Brand We are proud to offer this beautiful line of full color jewelry. Authentically designed and produced in the finest quality genuine cloisonne. Each item is individually carded.
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  • AMAZING NEW WARBONNET BOOK! - The Plains Warbonnet
    AMAZING NEW WARBONNET BOOK! - The Plains Warbonnet New book is the most comprehensive warbonnet book available. Presents the story behind the warbonnet & provides full details on making the various style. 130+ photos, most in color, 35+ color illus.
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  • Beaded Strips - Authentic Indian Designs
    Beaded Strips - Authentic Indian Designs There has always been a great demand for an economical line of beaded strips, cuffs, clouts and rosettes, so we carry a very nice line of imported beadwork to meet this need.
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  • MOCCASIN MAKING DVD - Make Moccasins that Fit!
    MOCCASIN MAKING DVD - Make Moccasins that Fit! 55 minute presentation by Frank White is the perfect companion for the Craft Manual of North American Indian Footwear, on which it was based. Complete, closeup, step-by-step detai is demonstrated.
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  • MISSOURI RIVER KITS - Quality Dance Fan Kits
    MISSOURI RIVER KITS - Quality Dance Fan Kits Quality Native American In-dian dance fan craft kits from Crazy Crow provide everything you need to make a flat or loose-feather imi-tation eagle feather dance fan. A loose feather pheasant tail feather fan kit is also available.
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  • BEADED EARRING BOOK - Techniques & Designs
    BEADED EARRING BOOK - Techniques & Designs Great for beginner or advanced craftspersons interested in making beaded earrings. Detailed, full-color illus. & photos provide step-by-step instructions, plus patterns, graphs, & recommended materials & supplies.
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  • VIDEO BEADWORK SERIES - How to Bead- 5 Vols
    VIDEO BEADWORK SERIES - How to Bead- 5 Vols These DVDs guide a beginning beadworker through projects, from buying supplies & drawing designs to actually beading & finishing the project. Includes beading tips from experienced beadworkers.
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  • PENDLETON BAGS & ACCESSORIES - Great Gift Idea!
    PENDLETON BAGS & ACCESSORIES - Great Gift Idea! Pendleton quality continues with these beautifully designed accessories. From the hand Duffle Bag to the convenient Tote Bag these items will last through years of enjoyment.
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  • LEATHER FOR ALL PROJECTS - All Types of Buckskin!
    LEATHER FOR ALL PROJECTS - All Types of Buckskin! Buckskin, Elk Hide & Cowhide in a variety of qualities, tanning methods & colors ideal for Garment & Craft projects. Leather & hide tips sheet free with your purchase! Great selection of hard-to-get Belt, Drum & Moccasin Sole Leather.
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  • INNOVATION! - Feather & Fan Cases
    INNOVATION! - Feather & Fan Cases Semi-rigid cases feature a stiffener to protect from bending, a soft, foam-padded velour interior to cushion your feathers, a handy zipper closure & a suede-like exterior covering in buckskin color. Think of them as CD cases for feathers.
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  • A FOCUS ON FEATHERS
    A FOCUS ON FEATHERS By Andrew Forsythe- Newly available! An excellent resource for feather reproductions including painting, use in bustles and other clothing, feather laws, bird species and more.
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History of the Native American Flute:
Where Spirit Takes Form

History of the Native American Flute:   Where Spirit Takes Form

Next to the drum, the most important Native American instrument is the flute. Earliest written accounts of explores and colonists often mention that the native peoples played 'flutes'. Unfortunately, these accounts do not include pictures or descriptions of these instruments. It is probable that there were many different types of flutes in use, something confirmed by archeological evidence.

Native American Flute Features Unique Design

The 'two chambered duct flute', now commonly referred to as the Native American flute, is a design unique geographically to North America. A two-chambered duct flute has a slow air chamber at the head end of the flute into which air is blown. Then, there is a duct or channel, which conducts air from this chamber to the splitting edge where part of the air is directed down into the sound chamber or bore of the flute. A solid area separates these two chambers.

Unwritten History of Native Amercan Flutes

Due to the lack of a written language, the history of the Native American Flute is not very clear. In pre-Columbian times, Native peoples preserved their history in the form of stories that were passed from generation to generation. These stories told of how the people came to be who they are and where they are, offering accounts of how they acquired different aspects of their cultural heritage. Many of the tribes expressed these stories in the form of song. Ethnologists sometimes refer to these stories "creation myths".

There are many such stories about how the flute was discovered, created, or given to Native people. A common one tells of a woodpecker, a hollow branch and the wind. Many others revolve around a young man wanting to attract the attention of a maiden.

The Hopi people have long had an organized group called a flute society. Among the Hopi, the flute is used by Flute Society members for ceremonial and healing purposes. It can be assumed that other Native American tribes had similar relationships to the flute. These ancient oral traditions usually confine the use of the flute to men, something that has changed in modern times.

Native American Flutes Today

Today, Native American flutes give pleasure to people all over the world. They are beautiful to look at, wonderful to hold, and magical to play. Native American style flutes are as satisfying for beginners as for seasoned musicians.

The Native American flute has achieved some measure of fame for its distinctive sound, used in a variety of New Age and world music recordings. The instrument was originally very personal; its music was played without accompaniment in courtship, healing, meditation, and spiritual rituals. Now it is played solo, along with other instruments or vocals, or with backing tracks both in Native American music and in other styles. There are two different types of Native American flute, the plains flute and the woodlands flute, each with slightly different construction.

1960s Roots Revival Centered on Native American Flute

The late 1960s saw a roots revival centered around the Native American flute, with a new wave of flutists and artisans like Doc Tate Nevaquaya and Carl Running Deer. Of special importance is R. Carlos Nakai, who has achieved mainstream renown for his mixture of the flute with New Age and ambient sounds. Mary Youngblood is the only Native American flautist to win two Grammy awards, although several others have been noted as Grammy nominees.

Notable and award winning Native American flautists include: Timothy Archambault, Charles Littleleaf, Jeff Ball, (Jeff Ball is non-Native)Douglas Blue Feather, Joseph Firecrow, Kevin Locke, Robert Mirabal, Jay Red Eagle, Robert Tree Cody, and David Atlas. A few classical composers have written for the Native American flute, including James DeMars, David Yeagley, Brent Michael Davids, and Philip Glass.

Buying Native American Flutes

Because Native American flute construction is significantly different than the construction of African, Asian or European flutes, it is now the accurate musical term for a wooden duct flute with a block whistle mechanism. As a result, any such flutes, even if they were made in Korea, can technically be sold as Native American flutes-- just like Spanish guitars that were made in Cleveland Ohio are still called "Spanish guitars." You have to look for the "made in Spain" label to find a guitar that is authentically from Spain, and you have to find an unambiguous statement that a flute is Native American made, if that is what you are looking for.

Crazy Crow Trading Post

Crazy Crow Trading Post offers a wide variety of Native American style flutes, as well as flutes actually carved (and labeled as such) by Native American flute makers, such as Charles Frazier.

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