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Yxayotl to discuss sacred, ancient music

Xavier Quijas Yxayotl has dedicated himself to bringing traditional rhythms and ancient instruments back to life, all intertwined in the sacred ways of indigenous Mexico. He is a seven-time nominee for the Native American Music Awards (photo courtesy of Kenosis Spirit Keepers).

Xavier Quijas Yxayotl has dedicated himself to bringing traditional rhythms and ancient instruments back to life, all intertwined in the sacred ways of indigenous Mexico. He is a seven-time nominee for the Native American Music Awards (photo courtesy of Kenosis Spirit Keepers).

Kenosis Spirit Keepers will bring Xavier Quijas Yxayotl to Phoenix to share Aztec and Huichol traditions of Mexico, Sept. 13-14 at Storm Wisdom, 3375 E. Shea Blvd.

The series features a Friday evening talk and Saturday afternoon circle sponsored by Kenosis Spirit Keepers, an international nonprofit organization helping to preserve the integrity of indigenous wisdom traditions.

Beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Yxayotl will present “Music and Mysticism: Making Mother Earth Sing,” on the role of the ritual musician and the sacred aspect of music. Tickets are $20 in advance.

The Spirit Keeper’s Circle will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday; cost is $80 in advance. Yxayotl will share Offerings from the Ancestors, ritual and cultural knowledge on ceremonies and day-to-day living passed to him by Huichol and Tepehuan elders. He will use authentic replicas of ancient instruments.

Advance tickets are available online. For more information, visit www.kenosisspiritkeepers.org or call 928-778-1058. Limited seating at the door.

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