Zuni musician Fernando Cellicion once wrote a school essay declaring he would someday be famous. His teacher told him “Indians can’t be famous.” Cellicion eventually mastered the flute and more than a dozen other instruments. He also performs with a family dance troop. His talents have taken him to 40 different countries. He says that skeptical teacher came back to him to apologize and said “I’m glad you didn’t listen to me.” The New Mexico Music Commission Foundation recently honored Fernando Cellicion with a Platinum Music Award. We’ll talk with him about his passion for the flute, dance and teaching.
Fernando Cellicion (Zuni Pueblo) – flute player and performer
Break music: Zuni Comanche Dance Song (song) Fernando Cellicion (artist) Kokopeli Dreams (album)