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date: 15 November 2019

Tautirut [tautiik; ‘Inuit (Eskimo) fiddle’]locked

  • Beverley Cavanagh

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[tautiik; ‘Inuit (Eskimo) fiddle’]

Bowed Box zither of the Inuit in Canada, especially around Hudson Bay. Resembling in appearance the obsolete Icelandic fidhla, it has a trapeziform wooden soundbox about 60 cm long, the flat top of which supports a tall loose bridge and is pierced by a soundhole. Its three sinew strings, attached to a tailpiece at one end and to pegs at the other, are played with a small high-arched bow that reportedly uses a strip of whalebone instead of hair. Although possibly of pre-Columbian origin, the ...

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