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The Native American Flute

Next to the drum, the most important Native American instrument is the flute. The instrument evolved from traditional uses in courtship, treatment of the sick, ceremony, signaling, legends, and as work songs. During the late 1960s, the United States saw a roots revival of the flute, with a new wave of flutists and artisans. Today, Native American style flutes are being played and recognized by many different peoples and cultures around the world.

According to Ute-Tiwa shaman Joseph Rael, “The flute is an instrument connecting the two worlds, the non-physical with the physical. The breath of the flutist is the breath of God coming through a hollow reed; the sound is that of the invisible lover courting the visible lover, the metaphor of the lover and the beloved.”

The flute opens a path of communication between the spiritual and earthly realms. The flute is related to the soul, which extends far beyond the physical body, connecting us to the symphony of the universe. Something transcendent happens when you begin to play a flute. You journey deep inside yourself and bring out the cosmic music of your soul. Nothing matters—audience, place, time—you just get lost in the music. You become the music—notes, rhythm, and melody.

The flute is akin to the breath, which is spirit. Its sound is like the wind, which is dispersive, changeable and unpredictable, yet it has the capacity to permeate anything. The flute is also akin to the birds and flight. Its chirp, warble, and bird-like notes make your heart soar. The flute is like the air; you cannot hold it or contain it, and yet you can never separate yourself from it. Everything needs the air and so the flute represents the voice of the soul and the voice of the wind, and the voice of the birds—those things that are free, free to move.

Sweet Elite OC: Meskhenet “Nettie” Silva

Ta da~! My adorable and freckled Sweet Elite Scholar, Nettie.


Nettie is part of the Department of Fashion, specializing in fashion design. Reason being is she would like to create more modernized clothes inspired by Native American and Indian styles. While her father would rather have her go into a more “professional” department, her mother supports her completely and both parents just want her to do what she loves. Nettie is very serious about her creations and work and strives to make a name for herself and what motivates her. 

Nettie has a modest and humble personality. And while she can be caring and compassionate to those around her, she can also be very cunning and mischievous to her peers alike and is rather quick-witted and sharp-tongued. While she can be a bit shy to strangers or those she’s just met, she quickly warms up to you if you return the kindness back to her. She’s more than open to making friends so don’t hesitate to befriend her or simply say hi~

BOHO

Apparently, the new definition of “boho” is an excuse to appropriate whichever the fuck culture you feel like. Wikipedia even has an article about boho-chic, “a style of fashion drawing on various bohemian and hippie influences”. Um, NO!

What is a Bohemian?

A Bohemian is a resident of Bohemia, a region of the Czech Republic or the former Kingdom of Bohemia. In a wider sense, it refers to residents of the Czech lands or today’s Czech Republic in general. In English, the word “Bohemian” was used to denote the Czech people as well as the Czech language before the word “Czech” became prevalent in the early 20th century.

What is a 19th century Bohemian?

In modern usage, the term “Bohemian” is applied to people who live unconventional, usually artistic, lives. This use of the word bohemian first appeared in the English language in the nineteenth century to describe the non-traditional lifestyles of marginalized and impoverished artists, writers, journalists, musicians, and actors in major European cities.

In 1848, William Makepeace Thackeray used the word bohemianism in his novel Vanity Fair. In 1862, the Westminster Review described a Bohemian as “simply an artist or littérateur who, consciously or unconsciously, secedes from conventionality in life and in art”. During the 1860s the term was associated in particular with the pre-Raphaelite movement.

This is the kind of shit I’m talking about right here:

Kimonos are a traditional Japanese garment. They have nothing to do with the Bohemian movement.

Native American war bonnets are sacred religious items. Here is a great post explaining why you’re a shithead appropriating the culture of an oppressed people when you wear one.

The word beginning with a G on the shirt above is a racial slur against the Romani people. This is the equivalent of making a shirt that says the N word with some pretty flowers around it. During the Porajmos, 220,000 to 500,000 native Romani were exterminated by German Nazis. You might as well wear a shirt that says “I HEART GENOCIDE”.

In summary…

If you are appropriating cultural styles (Native American, Romani, etc) which have 0 relation to Bohemia or 19th century literary movements, you are NOT A BOHEMIAN. PLEASE STOP CALLING YOURSELF ONE AND REFERRING TO YOUR STYLE AS “BOHO”.

Note: Most of the text above was sourced from Wikipedia. Thanks to @dysfunctional-nick for the Romani info.

Well that’s it, my guitar is FINALLY finished and operational once again!

On closer inspection there are several things wrong with it, but I kinda like it that way. This was my first go at painting a guitar and I wanted it to look that way. I’ve tried to be a perfectionist all my life and with this I just said “f*** it!” and I’m happy with the result!

The guitar is a ‘cheap rip-off brand’ of a Fender Strat, meaning it doesn’t sound great to begin with, so I thought what is the point in doing a perfect painting on it?

I like it.

‘Supremes’ - Model: Jessica Strother | Photographer: Sebastian Kim | Stylist: Charles Varenne | Hair: Diego Da Silva | Make-up: Fredrik Stambro

*The green eyed beauty is a mix of German, Dutch, African American, Native American, and Italian.