Archaic Roots, a manifestation of many years of study, practice, sacrifice and passion for ancient instruments and traditions. The drums and instruments, indigenous instrument education presentations, drum circle facilitation and instrument building workshops found here are all inspired by traditions of our global ancestors.
We also offer unique experiences with our retreats, personal immersions, and awesome private guest room and primitive artist cabin on the Archaic Roots property, located in the Southern Appalachian wilderness. We can host your stay and offer you a unique experience while you’re here! Focus on yourself, delve into true wilderness, connect with our Mother Earth, hike to waterfalls, create art and instruments, and much more!!
Looking for repairs on your African drum or native style flute? Reach out and maybe we can help! We offer djembe and other drum re-heading and /or repair services, and repair a number of other indigenous instruments such as flutes, and didgeridoo. We also offer a intro to instrument care and maintenance online video conferences for the basics to caring for your djembe or flute.
Private Visionary Immersion
Get lost in the forest, to find yourself.
Native American Style Flute Building Workshop- September 2018
Djembe Building Workshop-10-13-18
Bamboo Didgeridoo Building Workshop- Fall 2018
Learn to make your own bamboo didgeridoo! I will lead the process of sustainable harvesting the bamboo, preparing the raw bamboo, heat treating, adding a beeswax mouthpiece, and decorating each didgeridoo. Experience the wonderful joy of learning to make and … Continued
About The Artist- William A. Rodriguez
From a young age I was always intrigued with ancient cultures and my more “primitive” and distant ancestors. That tribal connection and the unique cultural perspectives called to me from the past, almost as if my DNA demanded it. At around 10 years old my interest in learning about ethnic traditions blossomed, which led me into finding “the zone” in karate, meditation, yoga, running and so on. As a teen I was entranced by the ancestral heritage ingrained in many of my ancestors cultures, and a few years later I found the drum.
The drum started me on my path of learning about a multitude of ancient instruments, then learning to repair and make those instruments, which then led into teaching. I started teaching about indigenous instruments when my oldest son was in pre-k and asked me to bring some in for show and tell, and what started as a few drums being brought to his school, ended up being large collections of instruments and detailed presentations in the later years as he aged.
Now I teach groups like scouts and at festivals and venues facilitating my instrument education presentations and instrument building workshops, braiding culture and traditional knowledge and myth into each presentation. My passion for learning and teaching about indigenous instruments constantly evolves and integrates new history, techniques and cultures. Each event is facilitated in an organic nature, with no two events exactly the same.