This article contains photos, videos, maps, detailed information, a flutemaker comparison chart, and more to improve your education about and increase your appreciation of the Anasazi Flute.
This original illustration depicts the black flute (A-14450) found in 1931 at Broken Flute Cave, Arizona.
Two other flutes bore animal fetishes, possibly a bear and a lizard.
Read George Pepper's complete field notes on his findings.
In a very small room at Pueblo Bonito, designated room 33, a discovery was made of several beautiful end-blown flutes, one of which was magnificently decorated with an orange and green design, and another suggesting the squash blossom design so typical of Southwestern Indigenous art.Far more challenging to play than the Plains Flute or Woodlands Flute, the instrument termed the Anasazi Flute dates back in the archaeological record to the 7th century.Still made today by modern Pueblo cultures as well as non-Native flutemakers, this Ancestral Pueblo Flute will reward the diligent student with an incomparable sound.From the heartbreaking Long Walk of the Dine to Bosque Redondo, to the breathtaking art of the Zuni, to the spiritual guidance of the Hopi, here are cultures of immense richness and value that deserve to be honored and preserved.Historic Documentation of the Pueblo/Anasazi Flute The oldest known Ancient Pueblo/Anasazi flutes were uncovered in the Prayer Rock District of Arizona in 1931 by Earl H.