Is bamboo indigenous to the United States?

My husband ordered what he thought was a traditional Cherokee flute, however it was made of bamboo. So, he does not consider it traditional because it was not made of indigenous wood.
Asked Dec 10, 2009
Edited Dec 10, 2009
None of the various types of bamboo are indigenous to the US at all. All bamboo is from Asia, and no where else in the world.
Answered Dec 10, 2009
Edited Feb 25, 2010
There are a few bamboos native to the United States, they are Arundinaria gigantea also known as river cane, A. appalachiana (hill cane) and A.tecta (switch cane). All are found in the Southeasern parts of the United States. It might be possible to make a flute from River Cane which is indigenous to the Southern Appalachian region from which the Cherokee also come form.
Answered Feb 25, 2010
It is traditional I live in mississippi and have researched the cherokee alot being interested in my heritage
Answered Jan 14, 2012

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