NASAL FLUTE AND BONE FLUTE FROM AMAZONIA
In a trip to Guyana on the Maroni River, a mission with Musiques de Nulle Part, invited for the second time by Canopée des Sciences, we made a stop in Twenké, a small village two hours in canoe from Maripasoula, here for those who do not locate well:
It is a Wayana village, an Amerindian tribe living mainly on the Maroni River. We spent the afternoon and the evening here, animated a PVC overtone flutes workshop (video tutorial here!) and gave a small concert for the whole village.
In the early morning we had a little time to talk, he introduced me to two traditional Wayana flutes, the Kapau Yetpë bone flute and the Patete nasal flute.
BONE NOTCHED FLUTE: KAPAU YETPE
The Kapau Yetpë flute is the best way for Wayana mens to seduce a girlfriend.
I also got two flutes from Captain Aïwé Aloïké, Twenké customary chief, I have to practice a little and I send a video on the youtube channel!
If you are interested, you can also take a look at the article Plans and measurements: Kapau Yetpë Wayana bone flute for precise measurements and informations about the playing of the instrument.
NASAL FLUTE: PATETE
This flute is traditionally played by Wayanas for entertainement only, early in the morning, around 4-5 am, we could ear many flautist around the village. This playing is now kind of forgotten.
Like with bone flutes, I also wrote an article Plans and measurements: Patete Wayana nasal flute
I’m working on a little film with the shooting I made there, I will add it as soon as it is finished!
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