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Puerto Rican Guiro

Puerto Rican Guiro

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Description
This musical instrument from Puerto Rico, known as a guiro, was made from a hollow gourd with carved ridges along the side. It was played by running a drumstick or metal tined fork, called a scrapper, across the ridges which creates a grating sound used to create rhythms in many types of Caribbean music. The instrument kept the rhythm for the entire band to follow.
Object Name
guiro
ID Number
1997.0097.1158
catalog number
1997.0097.1158
accession number
1997.0097
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Many Voices, One Nation
Exhibition
Many Voices, One Nation
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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