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Meet the Artist: Xavier Quijas Yxayotl
Pueblo Grande Museum
Phoenix, AZ
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Meet the Artist: Xavier Quijas Yxayotl
Come listen to Xavier Quijas Yxayotl make the earth sing with his hand-made traditional Mayan and Aztec instruments on Sunday, October, 28 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Pueblo Grande Museum. Under the night sky on the Museum patio next to the prehistoric ruins of Pueblo Grande, Xavier shares stories of the cultural significance of each instrument and how they were used in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica.

Recognized as the foremost authority on the reproduction and performance of traditional Mayan and Aztec instruments, Xavier Quijas Yxayotl expertly crafts flutes and ocarinas according to ancient manuscripts. But perhaps what he is most recognized for is his skillful reproductions of the Aztec Death Whistle ancient instrument commonly carved into the shape of a skull. Which produces a terrifying, hair-raising sound that once heard, is never forgotten.

Xavier will demonstrate a variety of instruments, many hand made by Xavier himself from ceramic, jade, and stone. This special presentation offers a unique view of Mesoamerican indigenous culture through stories, music, art and instruments. After the presentation, guests will have the opportunity to meet Xavier and purchase music, art, and other merchandise created by the artist.

Tickets are $10 in advance online or in the Museum Store with Discounts for Museum Members. Or $12 the day of, in person ONLY at the Pueblo Grande Museum Store during regular store hours of 1 to 4:30 p.m. Online sales end at midnight October 27.

This Meet the Artist Concert is part of a Fall and Spring concert series made possible through the collaborative efforts of local independent recording label Canyon Records, and the Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary. This partnership is a continuation of the programming that accompanied the premiere One World, Many Voices: The Artistry of Canyon Records exhibit to provide a variety of platforms for Native American music and expression currently touring around the state of Arizona.

This is a fundraising event for the Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary. There are NO Refunds for this performance.

Artist Biography

Xavier Quijas Yxayotl was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco of Huichol heritage (his indigenous name, Yxayolt is Nahuatl for tears). Originally an artist, in the 1970s Yxayotl left the city life of Guadalajara, Jalisco and moved to the mountains of Jalisco and Nayarit in Mexico to live with his Huichol relatives and the Tepehaunes people. There Xavier studied and played pre-Columbian instruments, participating in ceremonies and rituals. He developed a passion for making museum quality indigenous instruments - Mayan and Aztec drums and flutes, turtle shell drums, rainsticks, log drums, rattles and gourds. In the 1980s he moved to Los Angeles where he founded America Indigena, a performance group which specializes in the music, instruments and dances of native Mexico.

Xavier Quijas Yxayotl, is a prominent world music flutist, composer and instrument maker. He is known for his Aztec and Mayan recreations from the Pre-Columbian Americas.  Xavier is also honored to have had 6 of his 7 CD releases nominated at the Native American Music Awardstwo of them for Flutist of the Year! Xavier also consults on the History Channel and presents lectures at schools and universities. He's worked with artists like R. Carlos Nakai, Robert Tree Cody, Verdell Primeaux, and Johnny Mike. Additionally, Xavier provides instruments to creators in the entertainment industry.


Pueblo Grande Museum (View)
4619 E. Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85034
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Visual
Music > All Ages
Music > Global
Other > Fundraisers

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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