By Cindy Yurth
It wasn't until the following day it occurred to Redhouse that the person to help those kids might be him. The Filipino/Navajo Tucson resident was scheduled to demonstrate the Native flute to an assembly at St. Michael Indian School.
"The kids were very responsive," he said. "I thought, 'We're going to have a Native flute class to connect kids with their culture.' All of a sudden, it seemed imperative."
Redhouse got the blessing of the school's administration, and now he travels between Tucson and St. Michaels, Ariz., to share his unique fingering system, which allows people to play a wider range of notes than is usually possible on the Native flute.
Below: "St. Michael High School students, from left, Gerlyn Begay, Murvyn Hoskie Jr., Derek Davis, Xuxua Garnenez, and Robert Manygoats, prepare to play the Native flute Saturday at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock." (Special to the Times--Donovan Quintero)