The block on traditional Native American flutes was often carved into the shape of the totem animal or fetish animal of the owner of the flute. Often it was the shape of some bird because the sound of the flute was associated with bird song. The place on the Love flute where the block sets is usually called the nest. For more information on Native American flute fetishes visit the Fetishes page.
Why is the device on the top of the Native American style love flute called a totem, bird or fetish?