Songs from the Fourth World

Presented by the Verde Valley Archaeology Center

"MY ONLY HOPE IS THE MUSIC AND SONGS WE OFFER WILL RESONATE WITH THE WORLD. AS HOPI WE WERE BORN FROM THE SIPAPUNI' WITHIN GRAND CANYON, AND WHEN WE ARE DONE WE RETURN BACK TO THE WOMB OF OUR MOTHER TO REJUVENATE LIFE OF A NEW BEGINNING. THIS IS THE CYCLE. THIS IS THE HOPI WAY. AND THESE ARE SONGS ABOUT THAT SPECIAL PLACE - ONGTUPQA."

 CLARK TENAKHONGVA, Hopi Vice Chairman.

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.

 Tuesday, April 23, 2019

7-9pm in the Great Room.

Tickets are $20 at the door or in advance at Eventbrite https://hopiconcert.eventbrite.com).

The Verde Valley Archaeology Center is sponsoring this event. Additional information at www.vvarchcenter.org.

All proceeds from this concert go to support the reintroduction of the Hopi long flute tradition (www.ongtupqa.com)

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 ancent 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.

Stewart Koyiyumptewa is the Director of the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office in Kykotsmovi, AZ. Stewart will begin the program with a discussion of the cultural importance of the Grand Canyon to the Hopi. He will also describe the cultural connection to the Hopi flute that will be part of the evening concert.

Gary Stroutsos is a master flute player whose contemplative music and time-honored stories evoke the lands and cultures that he has studied over his 35-year career. Gary’s talents flow through a variety of world flutes, but his mastery of the Hopi long flute transports listeners to a spirit of place unlike any other. His music can be heard on the soundtrack of Ken Burns’ PBS documentary, Lewis and Clark: Journey of the Corps of Discovery, which led to a command performance at the White House for President Bill Clinton. 

The Verde Valley Archaeology Center is sponsoring this special event. The Hopi Tribe is represented on the Advisory Council of the Center.