A Spirit in Two Worlds

Missourian Jay Hickman plays Amazing Grace to a crowd of about 20 on one of his hand-carved Native American flutes in a presentation at the Callaway County Public Library Monday.

Missourian Jay Hickman plays Amazing Grace to a crowd of about 20 on one of his hand-carved Native American flutes in a presentation at the Callaway County Public Library Monday. Photo by Dean Asher.

Missourian Jay Hickman plays Amazing Grace on one of handmade Native American flutes in a presentation at the Callaway County Public Library Monday. Hickman, who has Native American ancestry, discussed how he first learned to make the flutes using only hand tools and traditional methods — save for the glue, for which he prefers Elmers. Each flute he carves has a unique sound based on the type of wood, size and other determining factors.

In addition to several flutes he has made over the years, Hickman also displayed several Native American tools and artifacts. Most of the songs he plays are his own. He calls his line of flutes “Spirit in Two Worlds,” due to his connection to his ancestry and craftsmanship of the past and his living in a technologically modern time.

Comments

Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Please review our Policies and Procedures before registering or commenting

| Fulton Sun>