Reviving Ancient Music

Terra cotta whistle in the form of two frogs, PM 97-44-20/C1826
Terra cotta whistle in the form of two frogs, PM 97-44-20/C1826

In Spring 2012, Dr. Jose Cuellar, Professor Emeritus of San Francisco State University, accepted a Hrdy Fellowship with the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology. He researched and recorded over 200 ceramic ocarinas in the museum's collection that had been excavated from archaeological sites throughout Central America and Mexcio.

As an anthropologist, accomplished musician and member of the Mexican-Amerian community, Dr. Cuellar offered a combined perspective that has enriched our understanding of these ancient musical instruments and the people who made and played them.

En la Primavea del 2012, Dr. José Cuellar, Professor Emeritus de la San Francisco State University, acceptó una Hrdy Fellowship con el Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology. Investigó y registró mas de 200 ocarinas de cerámica en la colección del museo que fueron excavadas y recuperadas de sitios arqueológicos en América Central y México.

Como antropólogo, músico logrado y miembro de la communidad Mexicano-Americana, el Dr. Cuellar ofreció un punto de vista combinando que ha enriquecido nuestro conocimento sobre estos instrumentos musicales antiguos y la gente que los hizo y los tocó.

"My primary objective was to breath life…to play these instruments and bring them to life."

"Mi primer objetivo era respirar vida…tocar estos instrumentos y traerlos de nuevo a la vida."

—Jose Cuellar, 2015

Click here to view videos of Dr. Jose Cuellar playing the Peabody Museum's ocarinas!