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date: 19 November 2019

Kuizi [charu, púnkiri]locked

  • J. Richard Haefer

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[charu, púnkiri]

Term used for a vertical or transverse duct flute, among the Kogi (Cágaba) and Yuko people of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta on the Atlantic coast of Colombia, and the Yupa in Venezuela. It is an open cane tube more than a metre long, with a varying number of fingerholes. When transverse, the detachable duct is made of a feather quill attached with beeswax perpendicularly to the proximal end of the cane, giving it the colloquial name ‘hatchet flute’. The flutes are often played in pairs, male and female.

The Kogi call the vertical flutes kuizi macho (male; larger, with one fingerhole) and kuizi hembra (female, with five fingerholes). Both are played by males, with a younger man playing the male instrument while also shaking a rattle. They are also called gaita macho and gaita hembra. Other indigenous people in Colombia call these flutes charu or púnkiri. The Kuna Indians of Colombia have a similar vertical flute called ...

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