Ancestral Sounds, Timeless Music

From the sun rising till its setting into the darkness, we heard the sounds of pagamento. The rhythms of the rattle snake translated into the maracas we played, alongside the sounds of the birds singing from the watuhkus (native flutes).

Mamo Jose Martin playing ancestral melodies on a watuhku.

Music for the Mamos is described as “not something they are creating, but a spiritual duty they must fulfill as an energetic offering for the land”. The Mamos explain how they hear the sounds of their music as a language the land can understand. A language whose melodies feed the soul of the land and a language the Mamos are committed to keeping alive with the sounds of their watuhkus.

They tell us, “Our music is our greatest money for the Earth, that is what she wants, we will play our music for the Mother because in the sounds are messages and feelings that only music can fully communicate”. “Little brothers” (non-Teyuna) are encouraged to fully live out their art, and to remember that art is not meant only for oneself, but art is our greatest offering for the Mother. Play music for the rivers, dance for the trees, paint for the sun, express yourself as love in art, and offer your art as the most authentic form of service for the Earth.

In this beautiful afternoon, we welcomed the rain with a symphony of love. Melodies were heard from all around the village, and the sounds of the children dancing lifted our music high into the sky, where rain dropped down like heavenly tears of joy…

Child in the village

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