Musical Instruments

Tierra Sol sells musical instruments that represented the indigenous peoples of south, central and north America: South American Charango, native drums, pan flutes & clay whistles, shakers and marimbas. The ancient ocarinas a small clay flute has seen a resurgence in popularity inspired from the Zelda video game.

The Charango
For more information about the Charango please go here…..

Native Drums
Native drums all have the same basic design, although each tribe had its unique elements of style. The drums were made out of a wooden frame or a hollowed-out log. Tanned skin was stretched tightly over the frame and held in place by sinew thongs.  Their drums added a lively beat to their rituals and celebrations. Flutes helped Indian warriors express their love.

The ocarina is an ancient instrument. The first known ocarina-like instrument appear about 12000 years ago. The ocarina’s origins can be traced back to many different cultures. The Indigenous American ocarina of South and Central America, the Mayans, Aztecs, and Incas all developed and performed on clay ocarinas which were often shaped like birds or animals used  in rituals, dances, for courting, and for personal expression. With the release of the popular video game “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time” in the 1990s, the ocarina has reached a new level of popularity in America and Europe.

Other Instruments
The Indigenous people also made shakers, marimbas and clay whistles that added colour, rhythm and tone to musical celebrations

Photos by: Pati Cajas

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