Voyager RV Resort hosted the Southwest Native American Flute Festival

We didn’t realize that the Native American Flutes, made of wood, are popular here nor did we realize how different they sound from a regular flute. How neat it was to hear them played by these famous internationally acclaimed Native American Flutists.

Jenn Steege does hymns for meditation with her flute.

Handmade & painted

Matthew Machu playing the Didgeridoo a really neat sounding type of flute.

The didgeridoo is played with vibrating lips to produce a continuous drone while using special breathing to produce a continuous tone without interruption, called circular breathing. The didgeridoo was developed in the northern Australia at least 1,000 years ago, and is now in use around the world. .

A didgeridoo is usually a cylinder or cone, and can measure anywhere from 3 to 10ft long. Most are around 4 ft long. Generally, the longer the instrument, the lower its pitch or key. Flared instruments play a higher pitch than unflared instruments of the same length. Anyway it’s a hard instrument to learn and play so we were happy to see Matthew playing this unique instrument. He also makes them.

Sherrie Davis is an Internationally acclaimed, award winning Native American Flute recording artist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

Rona Yellow Robe first picked up the Native American flute in 2002, and has since used it throughout her life as a musician, teacher and healer.

Bernard Wolfsheart Weilguni is Native American flute player & singer and a three time Native Music Award winner. He played various songs, one was Desperado by the Eagles and Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin, he used all his flutes in various parts of the song. They both sounded really neat.

We went to see Matthew Machu play the Didgeridoo a bit early so we saw Jenn Steege, followed by Matthew. They were both good so we stayed to see three more. Not knowing much about the Native American wooden flute, we really enjoyed listening to them play.

2 thoughts on “Voyager RV Resort hosted the Southwest Native American Flute Festival

  1. Sandy

    You are spot on regarding the Didgeridoo. We saw one played in the Outback of Australia. That was my first time seeing one, so it’s awesome you found one here in the US. It is definitely a beautiful sounding instrument. Took me a long time getting the pronunciation correct on ‘ Didgeridoo’. 🙂

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