Fred Nez-Keams is a Navajo Musician and Flute Maker. In this Interview, Veronica Valente learns all about Fred's journey.
Produced by Veronica Valente (Cultural Survival Intern)
Edited by Shaldon Ferris (Khoisan)
Interviewee: Fred Nez-Keams (Navajo)
Music: "Lights in the Forest" by Yarina, used with permission
Image: Screenshot of Fred Nez-Keams with a flute.
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