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date: 10 December 2019

Senasom [teenatzo]locked

  • J. Richard Haefer



Sistrum-type rattle of the Yoeme Yaqui people of Arizona and northern Mexico, and the Mayo and Guarijio peoples of Sonora, Mexico. A piece of wood approximately 30 cm long by 5 cm square has a rectangular chamber with open centre about 15 cm long cut into one end, and a rounded handle at the opposite end. Inside the chamber two sets of three or four bronze or tin disks about 8 cm in diameter are inserted on metal rods. The senasom is carried by pahko’ola (pascola) dancers and played by striking it against the palm of the left hand when the dancers wear their masks in front of their face; when dancing with the mask on the side of the face the senasom is inserted into the rihhutiam (dance belt) in the centre of the dancer’s back. Their Seri neighbours to the south most likely borrowed this rattle, which they call ...

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