About Maestro Yxayotl

Xavier Quijas Yxayotl, is a prominent world music flutist, composer and instrument maker. He is known for his Aztec and Mayan recreations from the Pre-Columbian Americas.  Xavier is also honored to have had 6 of his 7 CD releases nominated at the Native American Music Awards—two of them for Flutist of the Year!


Throughout the years, Xavier became one of Mexico’s few artists who can make authentic Mesoamerican instruments by hand. Based on ancient manuscripts, these instruments are identical to those made, played, and taken into war by his Pre-Hispanic ancestors. 


For years, Xavier has been the key performer at The Heard Museum of Native Cultures. 


In addition, Xavier's musical ensemble Indigenous America performs at special events, including festivals, pow-wows, expos, amphitheaters, performing art centers, museums, universities, and even sports arenas. Indigenous America also appears on various public TV/cable broadcasts and interviews.

With unrivaled wisdom in the ways of his ancient ancestors, Xavier consults on the History Channel and presents lectures at schools and universities. He's worked with artists like R. Carlos Nakai, Robert Tree Cody, Verdell Primeaux, and Johnny Mike. Additionally, Xavier provides instruments to creators in the entertainment industry.

Career Highlights & Performances

  • The opening ceremony at the Nobel Peace Prize, giving blessings to the Dalai Lama (Italy, 2001) 

  • The Grammy’s (Los Angeles, California, 2002) 

  • The Behind the Arts PBS special for his patented “Fire Flute” (2002)

  • The United Nations Gala Event (New York, 2005)

  • The opening song in concert with Yanni to produce the DVD “Yanni Voices” for Disney (Acapulco, Mexico, 2009)

  • Providing the indigenous instruments for Mel Gibson's Apocalypto

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