19th century. In historical times the first existing examples of the Native American flute appear to date from no earlier than the nineteenth century. Dr. Richard Payne, an authority on this subject, believed that what we now call the ‘Plains style’ Native American flute originated with the Northern Ute tribe.What is a Native American flute called?
The specific type of musical instrument we are concerned with is called a ‘two chambered duct flute’. This type of flute is now commonly referred to as the Native American flute, Love flute or Courting flute. The two-chambered duct flute has a slow air chamber at the head end of the flute into which air is blown.