Mesoamerican Instrument Making Workshop

Workshop | May 26 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 103 Kroeber Hall

 Ernesto Olmos

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Learn about the art of ancient mesoamerican instrument making, cosmology, music, and culture. Make your own ocarina, flute, or shaker. Ocarinas are traditional clay flutes which have been made and played for thousands of years. This workshop will be led by Ernesto Olmos, a Oaxacan artist who specializes in traditional ceramic arts. Participation fee includes clay, tools and firing of the finished ocarinas. This workshop will be held inside and out, please wear comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty.

Ernesto Olmos has been active in the community arts in Northern California since 1998. He has developed a wide range of programs, curriculum, presentations, art exhibits and musical performance based in traditions of
Native Mexico. He travels to support sacred ceremonies and cultural exchanges throughout the Americas. Ernesto combines ancient forms of art that have been passed down through oral and ceremonial traditions. He works to keep sacred arts thriving with the intention of remembering indigenous roots and living in with full honor as we walk in the path set out by our ancestors.

Ernesto creates cultural exchange of his art through ceremonial ritual, painting, sculpture, sound healing art and teachings on the ancient calendar system of Meso-America influenced by the Olmec, Zapotec, Toltec, Maya, and mexica traditions. He is inspired to carry these traditions forward with the "Palabra Florida", the flowering word, known as art, poetry, and other experiences that inspire young generations to honor life and sacred tradition. He facilitates inner journey's for understanding where we come and to orient us in cultivating our deepest potentials. Ernesto uses music as a medium to express the soul, painting as spiritual text and transmission of messages from the dream world. He practices Toltec rituals dance as a form of harmonizing the body, mind, spirit and as representation of the ancestral legacy of the movement of the cosmos. Ernesto offers sherings and healing experiences through programs, workshops, ceremony facilitation. He works with tools such as the Mayan Cholqu'iJ (Calendar) which offers guidance in personal potentials and understanding how to align them to our contributions to harmony in our global community. He is dedicated to teaching us how to remember our sacred roots and integrate the wisdom of our ancestors into our modern lives for joy, health, and power.


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