Join Hopi Cultural Preservation Director Stewart Koyiyumptewa and world flute virtuoso Gary Stroutsos for a concert and discussion on the importance of the Grand Canyon as a cultural landscape and the 1,500-year-old Hopi long flute. Excerpts from the film Ongtupqa, recently featured on Arizona PBS, will be shown along with live music on flute, Hopi log drum and clay pot percussion on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at 6:30 pm in the Great font>
This is a Hopi cultural music and video project celebrating the most ancient sounds to emerge from Ongtupqa (the Hopi name for Grand Canyon which translates to "Salt Canyon"). In addition to a musical concert featuring an ancient Hopi flute and clay drums, originally recorded in the Desert View Watchtower in the Grand Canyon, the program will include the excepts from a video of the Grand Canyon entitled Ongtupqa that was recently shown in its entirety on Arizona Public Television.
This music was created on-site at the Watchtower with reverence for the space that could never be replicated in a music studio far from the views and spirit of Grand Canyon. Ongtupqa is the first recording of its kind for this special location – an acoustic soundscape intended to celebrate and honor the surrounding landscape. This concert will recreate that soundscape in a magical evening.
The Verde Valley Archaeology Center is sponsoring this special event. The Hopi Tribe is represented on the Advisory Council of the Center.
Tickets are $20 or $15 purchased online before April 1 at Eventbrite . All proceeds from this concert go to support the reintroduction of the Hopi long flute tradition.