40 Years, 40 Films, 40 Weeks: Music From a Painted Cave

This week’s featured Vision Maker Media film is “Robert Mirabal: Music From a Painted Cave” — the PBS special that brought Pueblo flutist Mirabal to national attention and cemented his musical reputation as a leading figure in tribal rock.

The film features live performance footage of Mirabal’s trademark blend of traditional and popular music, influenced by the traditional music of Tao as well as music from West Africa and Haiti, Japanese Taiko drumming, Celtic music, and rock and hip-hop. In Mirabal’s words, “Music From a Painted Cave is an evolutionary vision of one man, from birth’s breath through the metamorphosis of time.”


Watch “Robert Mirabal: Music From a Painted Cave” on the American Archive of Public Broadcasting website.

Check back here every Tuesday, or follow us at @amarchivepub on Twitter to keep up with featured streaming films over the next 40 weeks. You can find the complete schedule here.

About Vision Maker Media

Vision Maker Media is the premier source for quality American Indian and Alaska Native educational and home videos. All aspects of Vision Maker Media programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media – to be the next generation of storytellers. Vision Maker Media envisions a world changed and healed by understanding Native stories and the public conversations they generate.

With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Vision Maker Media’s Public Media Content Fund awards support to projects with a Native American theme and significant Native involvement that ultimately benefits the entire public media community. Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) empowers and engages Native People to tell stories. For more information, www.visionmakermedia.org

Each week for the next forty weeks, a different film featuring Native voices from Native producers will be available to stream free online, in celebration of Vision Maker Media’s 40 years supporting American Indian and Alaska Native film projects.

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