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.......................................... , .................. ,=,= .====u=,,,m, m,,j,...ij j_.:; L .:J . tJ :  ......... : . :.LtJ. il. L I J LI .',i,.[t.Jllillli||JglJlJ|'.I']!!i!J![|llIBlil]ll Page 6 Hells Canyon Journal August 4, 2010 Dave Clemens: Modem Maker of an, kncient h00strument by Sherrie Kvamme Prayer Rock District of north- eastern Arizona in 1931. Flutes were used in some cul- tures as a courting instru- ment, in celebrations of the harvest, in burial rituals and in other informal and formal ceremonies. Eagle Valley Native American-style flute maker, Dave Clemens, shared a Cheyenne legend he learned years ago, which tells of the origin of the flute. A young Indian boy was lost in the forest, wandering aimlessly. The Great Spirit saw him and sent a small bird to sit on a hollow branch of a large tree. The winds blew through the hollow branch and produced a sound the boy had never heard before. He looked up and saw the bird perched on the hollow branch, pecking holes, and with each hole, a new sound was made as the wind continued to blow. The boy realized that the beauti- ful sounds came from the hol- low branch and that it was a gift to him from the Great Spirit. He climbed high into the tree and gently broke off the branch. He blew into it, imitating the northern wind and made the beautiful sounds himself. Later, he found his way home and shared the story of this gift with his people. Legend adds that it also explains why a small bird sits on each flute. It might be said that Dave Clemens' heart heard the magical sounds of the flute and his spirit was gently touched as well. Dave creates Native American-style flutes and has been doing so for the last seven years. It's a pro- cess and a labor of love. Dave finds his own woods, with lo- cal elderberry being among his favorites. He has a keen eye for choosing a branch that of the Hells Canyon Journal The origin of the Native American flute is shrouded in the mists of antiquity. One might hope that someday, someone will stumble upon it, but a mysterious begin- ning might best befit the haunting sounds of the in- strument. Indigenous peoples of North America did not chronicle their musical tradi- tions, although prehistoric flute players are recorded in the form of images carved into, and painted upon, rocks. Petroglyphs and pictographs carved and painted by an- cient peoples, particularly in the Southwest, are believed to have been created bY the Anasazi and date from ap- proximately 1000 years ago. The curved-back flute player depicted in rock art is known as Kokopelli, a name tradi- tionally used to describe all rock art images of flute play- ers found throughout the southwestern United States. On display in the Arizona State Museum at the Univer- sity of Arizona are five pre- historic flutes discovered in the Broken Flute Cave in the KOKOPELLI petroglyph. AGENDA PINE EAGLE SCHOOL DISTRICT #61 SCHOOL BOARD MEETING AUGUST 9, 2010 at 7:00 PM : PINE EAGLE SCHOOL LIBRARY 1. Call to Order & Patriotic Observance 2. Announce Tape Recording of Meeting 3. Introductions 4. Celebrate Learning- 5. Re-Organization and Procedural Business a. Election of Officers b. Reorganization motion c. Motion for Federal Programs d. Motion for approval of Resolution authorizing continuity borrowing procedure e. Set Board Calendar *6. CONSENT AGENDA: a. Approval of Minutes b. Review Financial Report c. Employee Status Report- i. High School & Jr. Hi Volleyball Coaching Contracts - Cindy Piano, Amanda McLean ii. Jr. Hi Football Coaching Contract - Chris deCastro 7. WELCOME GUESTS: 15 minutes for community testimony 8. Correspondence 9. Unfinished Business *a. Second Reading Policy- JFGC, Tobacco Free Environment GBED, Drug Testing 10. New Business *a. Resolutions for Increasing Revenue &.Appropriations i. Charter School Planning Grant Fund ii. Tech Donation Fund iii. ARRA Construction Project b. Coaching Salaries - Baseball & Softball 11. Administrators Report (Counseling Position, Charter Board Meeting, District Housing, ESD) 12 Petitions and Requests 13. Suggestions for Future Agenda Items 14. Adjournment *Board Action Executive Session following the meeting under ORS 192.660(2)(d) to conduct deliberations with persons designated to carry on labor negotiations. Next School Board Meeting - September 13, 2010 - 7:00 p.m. Mcrk your calendar... will evolve into a flute, and while he claims not to have much of an ear for tuning flutes, he does have a sense of which piece of wood will evolve into a special flute and which will not. A part of Dave's shop is what he calls his "Alaska cor- ner," where treasures of great personal importance are dis- played. There is an inuksuk sitting on a top shelf, which Dave explained was used pro- lifically in the Northwest Ter- ritories for navigation, points of reference, markers for hunting grounds and food cache locating and continues to be a cultural symbol today. (An inuksuk is a rock or group of rocks that form an image of a person.) Dave has made several of these, and they can be found directing one to yet another beautiful flute to wistfully admire. Dave displays mouth- pieces carved from what is considered sacred pipestone from Minnesota and soap- stone from Oregon. Dave also makes peace pipes from these stones. "The soapstone is easier to carve," noted Dave, gener- ously showing the exquisite pieces. Dave primarily uses elder- berry wood for his flutes, but has added cedar, sumac, Chi- nese sumac and other woods, to his repertoire. "Elderberry is the tree of music," said Dave. Dave's collection includes a small selection of very spe- cial flutes he has acquired over the years, made by In- dian flute builders he has befriended. Dave, who is a self-taught flute builder, has been experimenting with dif- ferent sizes and lengths of wood to acquire different sounds. His aesthetically beautiful larger flutes have a unusually deep, rich bass sound. As naturally as a soft breeze flutters the summer leaves, Dave picks up and plays any of his flutes flaw- lessly. "At first, I couldn't ge t a sound out of the flutes I was making. Concert-level flute builders often use a block of wood that is shaped, routed out to perfection and are very precise. They use a formula, and I personally had to throw all of that away. I had to de- velop a way to get the right sound that would work for me and the woods I use. Dif- ferent lengths create differ- ence tones. And it's something you have to feel. It's not math- ematics and geometry. It's something you have to feel." When Dave starts to build a flute, the wood needs to be completely dry. First, he drills out the center and sometimes he senses that the wood just isn't going to work. That feel- ing can arise at the begin- ning of a project, but some- times he is well into the build- ing before he realizes this isn't going to be a successful in- strument, Dave judges where the five or seven holes will be placed and marks them. Placement of the holes is criti- cal for resonance and quality in the pentatonic (five note) scale or in the heptatonic (seven note) scale- Dave uses both. He spends time making quiet choices, before cutting or burning into the wood. "If you hurry the building " Karen Andruss, FNP, will be accepting appointments for Well Woman Exams on Wednesday, September 8 th. c4,- Dr. Schott will be at the Clinic on Thursday, August 12 'h, August 26 th, September 9 'h, and September i 6 th. dE YOOR YPORT$ PP/$1CAL ,T THE PINE E, CCd.E CUNIC I The Pine Eagle Clinic is scheduling Sports Physicals for the 2010/2011 schoolyear. Cost is $25 per person or $20 per person for multi-child family. A Please call 742-5023 to scheduleyour appointment. Parent or Guardian signature is required, so please drop by the Clinic .\\; to pick upyour form, or haveyour parent/guardian sign at the time of visit, g PINE EAGLE CLINIC MATT REED, PA 742-5023 OPEN MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, & THURSDAY 8AM TO 5PM TUESDAY 9AM TO 6PM II i I I I I DAVE CLEMENS in his workship with some of his flutes. Photo by Sherrie Kvamme THE ALASKA CORNER in of a flute, it won't be a flute," he commented. Dave starts, of course, by gathering pieces of branch that he feels from his years of experience have the poten- tial of evolving into a quality flute. "Native Americans were very formulistic in how they built their flutes," explained Dave. "They might use their arm to measure the length of the flute, their hand to mea- sure the distance from the first hole and then after that, their thumbs, pressed tightly against the flute to measure the distance between the holes that would become the scale." He has rods of different sizes that he heats and uses to burn the finished sizing of the holes to complete the flute's scale. Dave tufies each flute that he builds very care- fully, using an electronic tuner. Dave has sold quite a few of his flutes and also has sev- eral special requests to build custom flutes, including for an adult who has just one hand and another for a young girl who has one arm. Dave has donated flutes to special Photo by Sherrie Kvamme Dave Clemens' flute-building workshop. Indian celebrations. He also travels to Crossroads in Baker City twice a month to participate in a group that shares interests in Native American flute building and playing. "I'm not a performer, but I have learned a lot and enjoy playing with the Others," smiled Dave. "There are those who are concert level and are very impressive." Dave enjoys sharing the Native American-style flutes he builds with others. He has taught people of all ages how to play them, how to build them, their history and the sacred stories about them. He cordially invites those genu- inely interested to give him a call and stop by to look at the flutes. He has many reason- ably priced flutes for sale. Dave said he loves to sell his flutes and share the gift of the Native American flute- building tradition with people anytime he has an opportu- nity. However, he does have a specific criteria. "I want the flute to speak to the person who is going to play it and have it feel good to them. They should be drawn to a particular flute, and I Rockin' ? Canyon .want them to play their flute. I enjoy talking to people about them and seeing people enjoy them." Dave's reputation for in- tegrity is profoundly evident in his professional and in his personal life as was illus- trated a couple of years ago. Dave wa in the mountains and found a dead golden eagle on a hillside. "It's illegal to have eagle feathers in your possession," said Dave "so I called the fed- eral people and asked them if I could bring this bird to them. They have a feather reposi- tory that sends these special feathers to different tribes. It's a way to disburse them fairly. There's a waiting list of requests for them. It was a moving experience for me. I cleaned up the bird, and then I composed a song on my flute." Dave generously played the melody, and the Clemens flute building shop filled with the sweetest tones of prayer and honor for the golden eagle. "Hear my prayer ... Hear my prayer ... Hear my prayer... I ask of you ... I'll fly again ... I'll fly again... Hear my prayer." Photos by Steve Backstrom LOCAL ROCKERS (left to right) Corwin Merritt, John Day and Damon Molina, known collectively as JD Rocket, performed at last Saturday's Hard Road to Hell II concert at the Hells Canyon Inn. The trio played with drummer Shawn Davis from the Portland-based Cosmic Marvels. It was the first time the guitar-oriented trio played a gig with a drummer, according to bass player Damon Molina. Despite the lack of rehearsal time with Davis the collaboration was a kick, Molina said - a few bumpy passages notwithstanding, and JD Rocket could be recruiting a drummer to become a regular band member. JD Rocket is also scheduled to perform at an upcoming party in Halfway at the home of Terrie Beech on Cornucopia Highway on Friday, August 13.