History On Tap Online Dec. 7 Features Native American Flutes With Marlon Magdalena From Jemez Pueblo

Marlon Magdalena, a Native American artist, educator, and performer from the Pueblo of Jemez is the guest at Monday’s History On Tap online event. Courtesy photo


Join the Los Alamos Historical Society and the Los Alamos Creative District for History on Tap online on Monday, December 7, at 5:30 p.m. Artist and educator Marlon Magdalena (Jemez) will lead a conversation on Native American flutes. There are many types of flutes that were developed by the indigenous people of America. The modern standardized flute known as the “Native American Flute” has caused some confusion about what a Native American Flute really is. This presentation will discuss the history, construction methods, and the different varieties of flutes that were made and used by many Native Americans tribes and nations.

History on Tap is free, and you can register to attend via Zoom here: www.losalamoshistory.org/events.

Marlon Magdalena is a Native American artist, educator, and performer from the Pueblo of Jemez in New Mexico. He bought his first flute in 2007 at a local powwow and fell in love with the sound, the construction, and the ease of play. After that moment, he became curious about this wonderful instrument. Through his research, he has been able to learn more about his own cultural heritage, and he continues to learn more about flutes from Jemez and from other countries around the world. He makes several types of flutes, including Pueblo-style rimblown flutes, bone flutes and whistles, O’odham style flutes, and single-chambered and two-chambered block flutes. He performs with Native American style flutes of his own making and some made by other makers. He is also the Instructional Coordinator at the Jemez Historic Site where he educates the public about his Jemez culture.

History on Tap is part of the On Tap series presented by the Los Alamos Creative District. Each evening begins with a short, informal presentation followed by a lively group discussion. Learn more at https://www.creativelosalamos.com.

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