History On Tap Online December 7 features Native American Flutes with Jemez Pueblo’s Marlon Magdalena – Los Alamos Reporter

Marlon Magdalena, a Native American artist, educator and performer from the Pueblo de Jemez is the guest of 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 Monday, December 7 at 5:30 pm Artist and educator Marlon Magdalena (Jemez) will lead a conversation about Native American flutes. There are many types of flutes that were developed by the indigenous peoples of America. The modern standardized flute known as the “Native American Flute” has caused some confusion about what a Native American flute actually is. This presentation will discuss the history, construction methods, and different varieties of flutes made and used by many Native American 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, construction and ease of play. After that moment he became curious about this wonderful instrument. Through his research he was able to learn more about his own cultural heritage and he continues to learn more about the flutes of Jemez and other countries of the world. He makes several types of flutes, including Pueblo-style scallop flutes, bone flutes and whistles, O’odham-style flutes, and one- and two-chambered block flutes. He plays with Native American style flutes of his own and some from other manufacturers. He is also the educational coordinator of the historic site of Jemez where he educates the public about its 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.

The Los Alamos Historical Society preserves, promotes and communicates the remarkable history and inspiring stories of Los Alamos and its people for our community, for the global public and for future generations. More information about the Historical Society can be found at www.losalamoshistory.org. Stay up to date with the latest news from the Historical Society by following @LosAlamosHistory on Facebook and Instagram.

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