WASHINGTON — In 2017, the Lute will have its annual celebration.CBS News is pleased to present an exclusive look at the annual Lute Festival.
It’s the perfect time to honor one of the greatest and most enduring musical instruments of all time, the instrument that has given life to countless generations.
The Lute was originally designed for the American Indian tribes in the early 20th century.
In 1947, the Native American Association of America began working with George B. Lee to bring the instrument to the United States, with the aim of using it to honor Native Americans and their spiritual and cultural heritage.
The U.S. Department of the Interior began work in the 1950s to purchase and install a Lute.
The first Lutes were used for ceremonies on the reservation of Navajo Nation, and in the 1960s, the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization awarded the instrument the prestigious International Lute of the Year.
Lutes are now in the hands of all nations, including some of the most powerful, but also some of its most impoverished, people.
They can be found at hospitals, nursing homes, prisons and orphanages, and can be played by any of the more than 600,000 indigenous American communities in the U of A’s Lower 48.
Lute festivals take place all across the country, and the celebration is held annually on May 16.