This is not something new and I have heard a number of versions of it over the years from various people with different cultural backgrounds. These are actually common sense characteristics. Unfortunately, society has given up on most common sense so it's important to remind people from time to time of the basics in just being a good human/person. When you think about each one, individually, you begin to appreciate how important each one is. Together, even more important.
How has your life changed as you have been delving deeper into learning the wisdom of the ancestors?
Learning about ancient wisdom has taught me something very important — that I know very little and that there is so much more to learn. I also have a greater appreciation for nature and the simple acts of working with nature. Additionally, I think more about how and where my time and energy is being used so that I can focus it in a positive and meaningful way as much as possible.
What drew you to pre-Columbian musical instruments, especially the Bubalek?
The organic essence of their being is most appealing to me. One of the most intriguing aspects of native/indigenous instruments is that they are made from materials readily available to anyone – you can make them from sticks, gourds, clay, parts of animals, etc. There is a natural and simplistic characteristic about them that attracts me. Plus, knowing that for thousands of years instruments like these have been played by musicians in ceremonies and celebrations around the world inspires me. In one way, I am reconnecting with my ancestors through the instruments, the music they produce, and the songs and stories I use them in.
The instruments themselves have energy and I thoroughly enjoy discovering their magical secrets and expressions. What I love most is that anyone can play them with little instruction. I can take ten (young or old) volunteers and hand them an instrument and in less that one minute we will have created an indigenous orchestra – kids who never played an instrument before are now making music together! They are experiencing the joy of music – what I refer to as a celebration of LIFE! What adds to the overall experience for me is that many of these young musicians are playing the very same type of instruments their ancestors played. In the music and experience they feel a sense of pride and accomplishment.