Sunday, February 4, 2007

Article: Flute Medicine


I recently received Native American Flutist, Che ok 'ten's (Paul Wagner) Journey of Spirit recording. This CD is the first Native American flute recording that I have acquired that hails from the Pacific Northwest.

The beautiful and healing tones that soar off of
Che ok 'ten's flute are a God-send to me since I am dealing with a high level of stress at the moment. Certainly I can endorse the work of this wonderful sound healer and musician.

I am including his biography which appears at his website, http://www.sacredbreath.cc
Please visit his website and pass the word on to those folks in need of flute medicine.

Che ok' ten (Paul Wagner), Native American flutist, drummer/singer and storyteller of the Saanich (Coast Salish) tribe, shares the beautiful songs and stories of his ancient northwest coast Sissiwiss ("sacred breath"/"sacred life") spirituality, in cultural presentations and ritual and public performances, in the United States and abroad. Based out of Seattle, Washington, Che ok' ten has worked with some of the Pacific Northwest's great artists such as Eyvind Kang, Bill Frisell, Gina Sala and Johnny Moses.

Che ok' ten comes from a lineage of Shneh'em, medicine people who have dedicated their lives to healing work using many tools, including music. He continues this work through traditional sound healing and ritual performance.

Che ok' ten's Native American flute songs have come to him with visions of healing and prayer for all relations (tree people, animal people, human people).

Along with his traditional Native American flute, Che ok' ten also plays mbira from Zimbabwe, didgeridoo, Chipendani (Zimbabwean mouth bow), guitar, bass, trombone, drum and voice. Che ok' ten has worked with some of Seattle's great artists such as Eyvind Kang, Bill Frisell & Gina Sala.

Che ok' ten believes music comes to us directly from Spirit; leaving yourself open to Spirit is the way; asking for the gifts to come so we can gift the music to those who need such blessings.

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