Oldest House Circa 1646 Barrio De Analco Historic District 215 E. De Vargas St. Santa Fe. NM  87501 505-988-2488 inquiry@oldesthousesantafe.com Open 9:00 am - 6:00 pm every day
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NEWSLETTER December 14, 2016
NATIVE AMERICAN-STYLE FLUTES INSPIRE MUSIC AND ART The   sweet,   organic   tone   of   the   Native American-style   flute   suggests   a   deep   longing   for   something or    someone    distant,    while    the    warm    wood    grain    with    leather    and    stone    accents    invite investigation in the here and now. Kyle   Smith   of   the   Oldest   House   Indian   Shop   makes   it   his   mission   to   find   the   best   sounding   and best   looking   flutes   to   feature   at   the   shop.      A   professional   flute   player   with   an   album   of   Native American   flute   and   guitar   duets   to   his   credit,   Kyle   helps   the   experienced   and   the   novice   find   their ideal flute, offering concert-quality to beginner flutes. “We   don’t   choose   the   flute,   the   flute   chooses   us,”   Kyle   says.      “I   spend   a   lot   of   time   with   our customers,   not   just   selling   them   a   flute,   but   staying   with   it.      I   want   them   to   enjoy   it;   for   it   to   change their lives like it has for many of us.” The   flute   first   called   to   him   in   college   while   he   was   working   in   his   father’s   Native American   and   Western   collectibles   store.      He   picked   up   the   flute   on   a   lark,   but fell   in   love   with   it,   playing   up   to   six   hours   a   day   as   he   learned   the   intricacies   of the instrument. “A   flute   maker   came   in   and   told   me   I   needed   to   record   an   album,”   he   says.      In 2009   he   traveled   to   Phoenix   to   record   Echoing   Dream,   Waking   Visions.      He   has sold   2,000   copies   of   the   CD   in   Santa   Fe   and   in   National   Parks   throughout   the West, and recently recorded a second album. While   following   his   own   musical   aspirations,   Kyle   also   has   been   able   to   place   the   flute   into   the hands   of   many   people.      From   celebrities   like   Samuel   L.   Jackson   and   Harry   Connick,   Jr.   to   a   98- year-old   woman   shopping   for   jewelry   who   saw   the   flutes   and   said,   “I   think   I   can   play   that   right now.”     And   so   she   did.      Kyle   also   introduced   the   flute   to   a   stroke   patient   who   lost   dexterity   in   his left   hand   and   could   no   longer   play   the   guitar.      The   flute   returned   the   music   to   his   life   and strengthened his hand. “People   are   stopped   in   their   tracks   looking   at   Native   American   flutes   just   because   of   their beauty,”   Kyle   says.      “Some   people   buy   them   for   pure   aesthetics,   but   I   want   them   to   pick   them   up and   play   them.      They   can   be   hesitant   at   first,   thinking,   ‘I   don’t   think   I   could   play   an   instrument.’     But it takes very minimal breath, and there’s a flute for everyone.” The   Oldest   House   Indian   Shop   carries   flutes   ranging   in   price   from $39    to    $2,200    from    flute    makers    including    Odell    Borg,    Brent Haines,   Colyn   Petersen   and   Dan   Selchow.      These   passionate artists    style    their    flutes    off    of    the    traditional    Native   American Flutes   of   the   Plains   and   Woodlands   people.      Woods   used   include walnut,     cherry,     birch,     buckeye     burl,     ebony     and     Brazilian rosewood.        Turquoise,    mother    of    pearl,    coral    and    shell    inlay decorate   the   fine   wood,   along   with   leather.      The   flutes,   most   of which    are    individually    handmade,    are    accurately    tuned    to    a specific key and play the notes of a minor pentatonic scale. “You   can   play   so   many   types   of   music   on   the   Native   American   flute,”   Kyle   says.      It   doesn’t   have to   be   Native   American-style   music.      I   can   play   “Clocks”   by   Coldplay   and   “Somewhere   Over   The Rainbow.” The   Oldest   House   Indian   Shop    is   the   best   selling   distributor   for   many   of   its   flute   makers   due   to quality   craftsmanship   and   Kyle’s   expertise.      Shop   for   your   flute   today   at   the   Oldest   House   Indian Shop, 215 East De Vargas Street in Santa Fe.
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Oldest House Circa 1646 Barrio De Analco Historic District 215 E. De Vargas St. Santa Fe. NM  87501 505-988-2488 inquiry@oldesthousesantafe.com Open 9:00 am - 6:00 pm every day
Native American Jewelry and Southwestern Gifts
Timeless Treasures in an atmosphere where the past lives on…
Copyright Oldest House Santa Fe 2016
NEWSLETTER December 14,2016
TENORIO PRESERVES POTTERY TRADITION Santo   Domingo   artist   Robert   Tenorio   says   after   more   than   45   years   of   creating   pottery, he’s   still   trying   to   keep   up   with   his   grandmother’s   methods,   preserving   the   traditional designs and passing the knowledge down the generations. Picking   up   his   two   great-nieces   from   elementary   school   on   an   early   release   day,   he planned   for   them   to   paint   bowls   at   his   house   for   the   afternoon.      “I   love   to   see   the   little stick figures they paint,” he says. “”I   dont   teach   pottery,”   he   adds.      “That’s   one   of   Grandma’s   rules.      You   learn   by   being around   people   doing   it.      You   learn   every   process   from   gathering   the   clay   to   firing   just   by being around the family.” One   of   New   Mexico’s   foremost   pueblo   potters,   Tenorio’s   work   was   featured   in   2016   on the   poster   and   t-shirts   developed   by   the   Heard   Museum   in   Phoenix   for   its   “Celebrating the   Art   of   Pottery”   Indian   Fair   and   Market.      Also   in   2016,   the   Isleta   Pueblo   Arts   and Crafts Fair honored him with its top award for an artist preserving traditional arts. “I   feel   proud   of   that,”   Tenorio   says.      “I’m   still   trying   my   best   to   recreate   the   older   styles with the traditional material.” Using   local   yucca   and   other   plant   juices   to   make   pigment   and clay   from   around   his   village   for   his   collectible   pots,   Tenorio features    the    traditional    designs    of    his    heritage.        He    draws inspiration   from   ancient   designs   like   the   Mesa   Verde   steps, Mimbres     animals     and     Kewa     Pueblo     (Santo     Domingo) geometrical   shapes.      He   gives   each   piece   his   own   style   by exaggerating    a    specific    design    element    or    by    combining designs from the three traditions on a single pot. Rick   Smith,   owner   of   the   Oldest   House   Indian   Shop,   says   Tenorio’s   work   is   deeply appreciated    by    seasoned    collectors    and    new    visitors    to    New    Mexico    alike.        “I    am fascinated   not   just   with   the   imagery   and   process   Robert   makes   use   of,   but   with   the essential   meaning   and   importance   he   brings   to   his   work   and   the   quiet   pleasure   he derives   from   it,”   Smith   says.      “He   is   more   than   an   artistic   designer.      He   is   a   storyteller preserving his culture, history and beliefs.  That is what I appreciate about his work.” Visit the Oldest House Indian Shop today at 215 East De Vargas St. in Santa Fe to see Tenorio’s work along with a diverse array of Native American and Western collectibles.
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