Pre-Columbian Cultures

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Pre-Columbian Cultures (Before 1492) Primitive musical instincts expressed in singing and rhythmic stamping. Manufacture of drums made of hollow tree trunks and covered with animal skins; scratchers made of notched fruit shells; and shakers, or gourds with dry seed inside. Production of vertical flutes and panpipes made of baked clay, and sometimes of animal and even human bones. Formation of the pentatonic scale, possibly of chironomic origin, symbolizing the five digits of the hand.


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