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A traditional instrument of the Taínos, the unusual güiro is made from the seed pod of the native flamboyán, also know as the flame tree. It is played by scraping the carved ridges with the tines of a special pick or scraper.
Description (Spanish)
Instrumento tradicional de los Taínos, habitantes originales de Puerto Rico. El güiro se hace con el fruto del higüero, Crescentia cujete, que es un árbol nativo de la región. Se ejecuta pasando un puyero o raspador contra las ranuras talladas en el frente.
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Object Name
Date made
20th century
Place Made
Puerto Rico
Physical Description
gourd (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 27.7 cm x 9 cm x 7.7 cm; 10 7/8 in x 3 9/16 in x 3 1/16 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal
Puerto Rico
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Cultural and Community Life: Ethnic
Cultures & Communities
Music & Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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