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Traditional Embera Music Instruments


[Chiru or bamboo flute. At the hip, the musician carries a smaller flute.]

Chiru or bamboo flute. At the hip, the musician carries a smaller flute.


[Chimigui or turtle's shell]

Chimigui or turtle's shell


[Two skin drum made of deer skin]

Two skin drum made of deer skin


[Smaller drum for dancers to play with their hands]

Smaller drum for dancers to play with their hands


[Chogoro, made of bamboo]

Chogoro, made of bamboo


[Requinta, a single skin drum]

Requinta, a single skin drum


[The zau contains seeds. They produce sounds when shaken.]

The zau contains seeds. They produce sounds when shaken.


By:

Marino Jaén Espinosa
2007-07-09

The Emberá indians from Eastern Panama have a very distinct musical tradition. Among their instruments they have several flutes made with varieties of bamboo.

In the percussion area, they have several drumbs, some with two skins and other with a single skin. For their drums the use deer skin. There is also a percussion instrument, named chimigui, which is made of a river turtle shell.

They also have cylindrical and round instruments containing seeds. When they are shaken, they produce rhythmic sounds.


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