October 13, 2001  Chalon Rodriguez :   "Music  of the Inca, Maya and Aztec Cultures."

In his audio-visual presentation, Dr. Chalon Rodriguez discussed the music and musical instruments of the Inca, Maya and Aztec Cultures.  He elaborated on the materials used to create these instruments, their musicality and the evidence confirming their existence. He showed slides of musical  instruments from ceramics, murals, painted vessels, manuscripts, codices and other sources. He explored the time and places in which these  instruments were used  and examined  their role in ceremonial and day-to-day functions as well as the musician's place in ancient society. Dr. Rodriguez also played  recordings and music produced by original Pre-Columbian instruments, many of which he had on display.

Dr Chalon Rodriguez, a retired physician, has studied Pre-Columbian cultures
for the past twenty years through lectures,courses, seminaries and visits  to
archaeological sites and principal museums throughout Mesoamerica and
South America. He has lectured on Pre-Columbian Music at the  The
Library of Congress,The Pre-Columbian Society of Washington, D.C.,  The
Center for Graduate Studies in Music of The Catholic University of
America, Washington, D.C..and at The Cultural Center of the
Inter-American Development Bank,Washington, D.C.  Last spring  he
 was invited to participate in the two-day Pre-Columbian Music Workshop
at Dumbarton Oaks, Currently he is a volunteer in the Department of
Anthropology  at the Smithsonian Institution's Natural History Museum in
Washington, D.C

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