CORO QOM CHELAALAPI MEETS LAGARTIJEANDO | 10.11.18 | Maze

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El Coro Qom Chelaalapi are an indigenous choir from the Chaco region of Argentina. They believe in a maximum divinity and shamanism is a large part of their belief system. The choir was formed as a way to pass on their down the generations in the absence of any formal records. They have been declared a living cultural heritage by UNESCO. Their songs have a mythology and their bespoke instruments have deep significances. The invique is a single string violin (previously made from animal carcass but now made of tin) that represents the sounds made by a jaguar sharpening its claws on the trunk of a tree. The violin was used as a form of communication between different people living in the mountains, to contact loved ones or to find love.

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