Marvin Yazzie, a Navajo Nation Tribal member, and his wife Jonette were raised near Canyon de Chelly in the Four Corners area of Arizona in the small town of Lukachukai.
The traditional ways of flute making were taught to them by a relative, W.F. Coyote.
Yazzie Flutes are known for their clear singing tone.
They are sold in stores throughout the American Southwest including the renowned Heard Museum Shop in Phoenix, AZ. They are played and enjoyed by thousands of people throughout the world.
Yazzie flutes are also played by professional flute players Raven Longbow, Elk Whistle, Windwalker, ILLARI, Fernando Cellicion, Scott August, Wolfsheart and ethnomusicologist Ernest Siva.
Marvin sitting with the 35 flutes the Tucson School District asked the Yazzie's to make for their Native American ARTSmobile in May of 2004. These flutes were first used in a workshop where 290 teachers learned how to play the flute to teach others to play the flute.